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Private Security Camera System Incentive Program

Program Description  
The Private Security Camera Incentive Program, administered by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (Office), creates a rebate for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions to purchase and install security camera systems on their property and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The program provides a rebate of up to $200 per camera, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address and $750 for all other addresses. This program is intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations.

The camera system must have been purchased and installed on the property after September 22, 2015 and before all available funds are expended. The camera also must be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department. The amount of the rebate shall not be more than the cost of the purchase of the camera system. Only one security camera system per property address is eligible. Security camera systems must be installed on the exterior of a building. Applicants will also be required to verify installation of the system (see application for complete details).
Camera  System Specifications 
Security camera systems shall meet minimum technical and video quality specifications below, and must retain video footage for at least forty-eight (48) hours. All cameras must be outdoor, weather proof cameras. We strongly recommend purchasing a camera that is designed for the outdoors as opposed to modifying one designed for indoor use.


Camera Resolution 1 Megapixel 3 Megapixel
Screen Resolution 1280x720 2048x1536
Video Quality  Standard High 
Frames per Second  5 15
Storage Requirements  250 GB per camera or up to 10 days of storage 2.5 TB per camera   




Screen Resolution 640X480 640X480
Frames per Second  5 15
Storage Requirements  125 GB per camera   350 GB per camera  

Applicants must be an owner or tenant of a property that is used as a residence, business, nonprofit, or religious institution located in the District of Columbia. Applicants who are tenants must provide documentation from the property owner approving the installation of the security camera system on the property. Until July 31, 2016, the Office shall accept applications only from Applicants whose property is located in specific Police Service Areas. Beginning August 1, 2016, if there are still funds remaining, properties throughout the District will be eligible to participate in the program. 
The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants will give priority consideration to properties, businesses, and religious institutions in the following Police Service Areas (PSA):103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 202, 207, 208, 302, 303, 305, 307, 308, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, all PSAs in the Fifth Police District, 602, 603, 604, 607, 608, and all PSAs in the Seventh Police District.  PSA borders can be found online at http://mpdc.dc.gov/page/police-districts-and-police-service-areas. Applicants can find their property address PSA online at: http://geospatial.dcgis.dc.gov/PSAFinder. 
By participating in this program, the Applicant acknowledges that he or she will not use the security camera for any unlawful or harassing purposes and will comply with all applicable building and electrical code requirements.
If you have additional questions, please contact the program at security.cameras@dc.gov or 202-727-5124
Do not submit your applicational until the cameras are installed on the property and regitered with the Metropolitan Police Deparment (MPD).  (Visit http://mpdc.dc.gov/securitycameraregistration to register cameras with the MPD.) 
Note: It may take up to 45 working days to issue your rebate provided your application is complete and approved.
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