The City of Chicago will soon begin sending rebate checks to residents and business owners who have requested discounts on private cameras, lighting and other security devices.
Since its launch last month, more than 2,100 people have applied for rebates through the city’s Home and Business Protection Program, Chicago officials said Tuesday.
“These are devices that not only help people secure their own property, but we also hope to help with future investigations if a crime occurs outside the home, in partnership with the Chicago Police Department,” Tamara Mahal, head of the city’s community safety coordination center. , said Tuesday.
According to Mahal, more than 1,700 people requested discounts on security cameras, 300 requested discounts on outdoor lighting, and 100 people requested refunds on GPS tracking devices.
Checks for the first round of applications will start sending out next week, Mahal said. The reimbursement program operates on a first-come, first-served basis through December or until reimbursement funds are exhausted.
Eligible applicants include homeowners, businesses, religious institutions, and nonprofits in the city. Renters can also apply for discounts, if they have the landlord’s consent. For GPS trackers, applicants must own or lease a vehicle registered to a primary address in Chicago.
The city said it has budgeted more than $5 million for this program over the next two years.
Installation costs for cameras, lighting and GPS tracking devices are non-refundable.
City officials have previously asked those participating in the program, as well as those who have installed security cameras in their homes or businesses, to register those cameras with the CPD.
The police would not have direct access to anyone’s camera system, nor could they access the camera footage without the owner’s consent. There is also no requirement to provide images to the CPD at any time, according to the city.
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