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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 (e.g., home offices, condo buildings, and apartments) and $750 for all other addresses. The rebate is exclusively for the cost of the camera(s) and not installation, storage, or accessories. Only cameras installed on the exterior of the property are eligible for a rebate. Rebates will only be given for the cameras that are installed on the exterior of the property.   
This program is intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations. Please review the following information and if you have additional quesitons, please contact the program at security.cameras@dc.gov or 202-727-5124.
 

Requirements 
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.  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.
DIGITAL CAMERAS Minimum
Specifications

Recommended
Specifications

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   

 

ANALOG CAMERAS Minimum 
Specifications

Recommended
Specifications

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

Restrictions 
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. 
 
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.
 
Application 

To apply for a rebate:

1) Purchase and install the camera(s) on the exterior of your property.
 
2) Register your camera system with MPD at http://mpdc.dc.gov/securitycameraregistration/. After completing this form you will receive an e-mail confirmation with a log number; please save this email as you will need to submit it as part of your application.

3) Complete the Private Security Camera Incentive Program Application.

A complete application will include:
     a) The PSA of the property address which can be found at: http://geospatial.dcgis.dc.gov/PSAFinder. 
     b) Proof of purchase of the camera system that includes the number of cameras purchased and cost per camera.
 
Do not submit your application until the cameras are installed on the property and registered with the Metropolitan Police Department (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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