Chicago launches program that will reimburse residents for purchases of security cameras – NBC Chicago

Chicago has officially launched a security camera rebate program that will reimburse residents for their purchases of security cameras.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Monday that the Home and Business Protection Program will now allow “anyone who lives in the city of Chicago, operates a business in the city, or owns or leases a vehicle registered in a primary address within the city limits… to receive reimbursement from the City to cover the cost of private security devices to protect their property and feel safe.

“We have worked on the ground for decades to end violence and channel as many resources as possible into addressing the causes and effects of violence,”
Lightfoot said at a press conference. “Today, we are proud to add to the resource pool with the official launch of the Home and Business Protection Program.”

The program, which is first-come, first-served, is completely voluntary and aims to increase community safety in neighborhoods.

Starting Monday, the city will offer “selected discounts” that will cover costs associated with outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers and subscription fees.

All Chicago residents, businesses, religious institutions, and nonprofit organizations are eligible for the program, and renters can also apply once they receive consent from landlords.

Eligible costs covered under the program include:

  • Up to $225 per camera (camera cost and taxes only) for up to 2 cameras, for a total refund of $450
  • One year subscription fee for cloud-based video storage systems for up to $150 per annual subscription
  • Up to $100 per light (cost of light and taxes only) for up to 2 lights, or a total refund of $200
  • Up to $50 per vehicle GPS tracking device (paid device and taxes only) for up to 2 devices, or a total refund of $100
  • One year subscription fee for GPS tracking apps required for use by vehicle GPS tracking device manufacturer up to $120

For residents to be eligible, the following conditions must be met:

  • Applicant must own or lease property used as a principal residence, business, religious institution, or non-profit organization in the City of Chicago OR own or lease a vehicle registered to a principal address in the City of Chicago.
  • Applicant must provide documentation that verifies proof of purchase.
  • The applicant must provide photo documentation that verifies the installation.

Those who submit a claim will be reimbursed within 90 days of their claim being approved, the city said.

There will also be an option to register these cameras with the Chicago Police Department.

The city stressed that taping the cameras does not mean Chicago police will have direct access to the system. CPD will always need the consent of the owner to access the images.

“By registering, residents simply authorize CPD to request crime camera footage,” the city said. “Residents reserve the right to refuse access to camera footage at any time.”

However, only security devices purchased on or after June 6 will be eligible, and installation costs are also not eligible, the guidelines say.

In addition to the program, Chicago is also partnering with community organizations to distribute private safety equipment in “15 communities considered priorities based on historical trends in violence.” These include:

  • Gresham Auburn
  • Austin
  • chicago lawn
  • East Garfield Park
  • Englewood
  • Grand Grand Crossing
  • Humboldt Park
  • New city
  • North Lawndale
  • roseland
  • South Lawndale
  • South Shore
  • West England Wood
  • West Garfield Park
  • Pullman West

For more information about the program, visit Chicago.gov/HBPP.

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