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City of Chicago begins offering discounts for security cameras, other devices purchased to protect property from crime


CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday announced the launch of the city’s new Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) — in which anyone who lives, runs a business, or owns or rents a car in Chicago can be reimbursed for private security devices to protect their property.

Mayor Lightfoot was joined by Tamara Mahal, the city’s Community Safety Coordinator, the Reverend Michael Pfleger and other officials for the announcement at St. Sabina’s Church in Auburn Gresham.

“We are taking a public health approach to community safety, which means activating resources across a range of programs, policy changes and activities,” Mayor Lightfoot said in a news release. “The Home and Business Protection Program is our new resource to support this effort, and it is part of a broader strategy that includes historic investments in affordable housing, mental health and violence prevention. We encourage all residents to take advantage of this program and join us in our efforts to create safer communities throughout our city.”

The city will offer select discounts to cover the cost of outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensing lighting, vehicle GPS trackers and subscription fees.

The program is open to all Chicago residents, businesses, religious institutions, and nonprofit organizations. Those who rent accommodation can also apply for the discount with the permission of their landlord. Associations of co-owners are also eligible.

“We’ve seen this used many times to solve crimes in the past, and we believe the more here the better for the future,” Father Pfleger said.

The city says anyone who meets the eligibility criteria can receive reimbursement for:

  • Up to $225 per camera – for camera cost and taxes only. That’s for up to two cameras – or a total refund of $450.
  • One-year subscription costs for cloud-based video storage systems, up to $150 per annual subscription.
  • Up to $100 per motion sensor light – for cost of light and taxes only. This is for a maximum of two lights, or a total refund of $200.
  • Up to $50 per vehicle GPS tracking device – again for device cost and taxes only. This is again for up to two devices, for a total refund of $100.
  • One year subscription fee for GPS tracking apps required for use by a vehicle GPS tracking device manufacturer – up to $120.

Anyone who successfully completes and requests will be refunded within 90 days of approval.

To be eligible, applicants must meet these criteria:

  • Applicant must own or lease a property used as a principal residence or place of business, religious or nonprofit institution – or own or lease a vehicle registered to a principal address in Chicago.
  • The claimant must provide documentation that verifies proof of purchase for the items for which they are claiming rebates.
  • The applicant must provide photo documentation that verifies the installation of these items.

Meanwhile, anyone wishing to use their cameras to assist the Chicago Police Department in their investigations can register their camera system at chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration. This is not necessary to receive the refund.

For those who record their cameras, the police will not have direct access to their cameras and cannot access their footage without consent. Recording simply allows police to request camera footage if a crime occurs.

The city is also joining with community organizations to distribute private security equipment in the city’s 15 community areas that have the highest levels of violence. These communities are:

  • 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

Only security devices purchased on or after Monday, June 6 are eligible for the refund program. To learn more, follow this link.


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