2010 Maryland Code
CRIMINAL LAW
TITLE 9 - CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Subtitle 6 - Interference with Government Operations
Section 9-610 - Defective alarm system.

§ 9-610. Defective alarm system.
 

(a)  "Defective alarm system" defined.- In this section, "defective alarm system" means an alarm system that activates: 

(1) more than three false alarms within a 30-day period; or 

(2) eight or more false alarms within a 12-month period. 

(b)  Notice of defect; report.-  

(1) A law enforcement unit or fire department that responds to false alarms from a defective alarm system shall provide written notice of the defective condition to the alarm user. 

(2) The alarm user, within 30 days after receiving the notice, shall: 

(i) 1. if qualified, inspect the alarm system; or 

2. have the alarm system inspected by an alarm system contractor; and 

(ii) within 15 days after the inspection, file with the law enforcement unit or fire department that issued the notice a written report that contains the: 

1. result of the inspection; 

2. probable cause of the false alarms; and 

3. recommendations or action taken to eliminate the false alarms. 

(c)  Prohibited.- An alarm user may not use a defective alarm system after receiving a written notice under subsection (b) of this section. 

(d)  Penalty.- A person who violates subsection (c) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $500 or both. 
 

[An. Code 1957, art. 27, § 156D; 2002, ch. 26, § 2.]   

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