Security alarms can detect an intrusion,
summon emergency assistance or warn of hazardous conditions, if used
correctly. They are also an effective strategy for the
prevention of crime, particularly burglaries, where studies have
continually shown reduced crime rates after installation of an
intrusion detection system.
Advantages of electronic alarm systems:
Large areas and numerous points of
alarm can be monitored by a single individual.
Installed properly, security alarm
systems are extremely vigilant. They do not require sleep,
food, or breaks. They remain available 24 hours per day if
necessary to detect the targeted condition.
Security alarms are more economical
Detectors have the ability to see
and detect where man cannot. They can operate in total darkness
or extreme temperatures.
The time to make a detection and
generate some reaction to the event is short. Police or other
emergency units can arrive on scene minutes after the first
detection of the event.
Fixing the location that triggered
the event is more accurate, directing the response to a specific
Problems with the systems that could
render the system inoperative can be quickly diagnosed and
repair action initiated.
Exterior doors, windows, and skylights
should be covered by all electronic alarm systems. It is suggested
that any alarm system should have an audible exterior and interior
siren and should always be monitored by a reputable alarm monitoring
station. If there should ever be an activation, the police would be
notified immediately. Its also very important that homeowners
teach everyone in the household how to operate the system as
operator error is the number one reason for false alarm
activations. There is a process in which to cancel an accidental
alarm so every homeowner must be familiar with it, falling within
the guidelines of their alarm monitoring company.
Chapter 100 of the Voorhees Township
Ordinance Book describes guidelines set forth regarding the
requirement for homeowners and businesses to register their alarms
within Voorhees Township. (This can be found on the Voorhees
www.voorheesnj.com click on code book then search for
alarms) There is also a section for listing emergency responders,
in case the police need to make contact with the owners.
Warnings are issued up to the 6th
false alarm activation on a yearly basis, at a residence.
Afterwards fines range from $100.00 to $300.00 for subsequent false
alarm activations. (100.6a(1) VT Code Book)
Non residential alarms are given up to
the 4th false alarm activation on a yearly basis.
Afterwards the fines range from $200.00 to $500.00, not including
any court costs that may be imposed with either case above.
Please do not let this stop you from
using and activating your homes alarm system every time you leave
your home, even if its just for a few minutes. You can never be
too sure and of course its always better to be safe than sorry
regarding the security and safety of your family and home.
The Alarm Registration form located at
the right of this page can filled out and hand delivered, mailed or
faxed (856-882-1118) to the police department.