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Mayor Bowser Announces Success and Extension of the Private Security Camera Incentive Program

Monday, October 17, 2016
Over 2,500 Cameras Funded Across All Eight Wards

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants Michelle M. Garcia, reported on the success and expansion of Washington, DC’s Private Security Camera Incentive Program. The program provides rebates for the purchase, installation, and registration of a security camera system on the exterior of a building owned or leased by a resident, business, nonprofit, or religious institution.

Mayor Bowser originally introduced legislation to create the program in 2015 as part of her comprehensive public safety agenda, “Safer, Stronger DC.” Since the program was launched in February, over 1,000 applications for rebates have been approved, funding over 2,500 cameras across all eight wards.

“The Private Security Camera Incentive Program is an example of how we can work together with the community to create a safer, stronger DC,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “I am thrilled that so many people have taken advantage of the program. On multiple occasions since the program was launched, MPD has used camera video to aid in criminal investigations and the apprehension of suspects. I thank the Council for their support of the program, and recognize Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen for his leadership on this issue.”

Installed cameras must be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), providing officers with the ability to request the video footage while investigating criminal activity that may have occurred in the vicinity of the camera.

The program provides a rebate of:

  • Up to $200 of the purchase price per camera installed on the exterior of a residential building, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address; and
  • Up to $200 of the purchase price per camera installed on the exterior of a business, commercial, nonprofit, or religious institution with a maximum rebate of up to $750 per address.

For more information about the program, residents can visit www.ovsjg.dc.gov or contact the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants at [email protected] or (202) 727-5124.