How To Make The City Pay Up To $ 1020 For The Security Systems Of Your Home Business

AUBURN GRESHAM – Mayor Lori Lightfoot released more information Monday on a $ 5.3 million plan to help Chicagoans pay for security cameras for their homes or businesses.

The Home and Business Protection Discount Program, originally announced in April, will reimburse people who buy security cameras and one-year video storage, as well as outdoor lighting and GPS trackers for vehicles. Residents will be eligible for discounts of up to $ 1,020 through the program, the Lightfoot office said Monday.

The initiative is part of Lightfoot’s broader public safety strategy and aims to make Chicagoans feel safer despite the high levels of gun violence seen so far this year and since the pandemic.

“We are taking a public health approach to community safety, and that means mobilizing resources in a number of programs, policy changes and activities,” Lightfoot said in a statement, adding that the rebate program is part of a larger strategy that includes historical affordable housing, mental health and violence prevention. “

Lightfoot said the idea for the refund came to Chicago City Hall earlier this year.

“We have heard loud and clear from the residents that this is something they want,” she said.

What will the city cover?

  • Up to $ 225 per camera (camera price and tax only) for a maximum of 2 cameras or a total refund of $ 450
  • One-year subscription costs for cloud video storage systems up to a maximum of $ 150 per annual subscription
  • Up to $ 100 per light (only price for light and tax) for a maximum of 2 lamps or a total refund of $ 200
  • Up to $ 50 per vehicle GPS tracking device (cost and tax only) for up to 2 devices or a total refund of $ 100
  • One-year subscription fee for GPS tracking applications as required by the vehicle’s GPS tracking device manufacturer up to $ 120

Am I right?

Applicants must be the owner or tenant of a property used as a primary residence, business, religious institution or non-profit organization in the city of Chicago OR to own or rent a vehicle registered at a primary address in the city of Chicago.

Tenants can also apply for the discount if they obtain the consent of the property owner.

How to get a refund

Once the cameras, lighting or GPDs are installed, applicants can click here to apply for a refund. All items must be purchased on or after Monday to qualify.

Applicants must provide documentation confirming proof of purchase and photographic documentation confirming the installation, according to the mayor’s office.

If approved, applicants will be reimbursed within 90 days.

Do I have to register my camera with the Chicago Police Department?

When the rebate program was first announced this spring, reimbursement was guaranteed only to those who registered their cameras with the Chicago Police Department, which would allow officers to use the footage during criminal investigations.

However, this mandate has been abolished and registration with the police is no longer mandatory.

Police will not have direct access to the cameras and will not have access to footage without consent, but registration “will simply allow the CPD to request camera footage in the event of a crime,” the Lightfoot office said.

“Working with our communities in Chicago is the only way we can increase public safety,” said Glenn Brooks, CPD director of community policing. “By registering your camera with the CPD, it will help detectives solve crimes more effectively and remove abusers faster from the streets.”

Those who want to register their cameras with the police can do so here.

What if I can’t afford to pay for the equipment in advance?

Lightfoot said Monday that he did not want the costs to discourage people from participating in the program.

“If you don’t have the resources in advance, don’t worry, we’ll help you,” Lightfoot said. “If you can’t do the installation yourself, don’t worry, we’re here to help.”

The mayor said he would ask for more funding from the municipal council if demand exceeded the $ 5.3 million. It was not immediately clear how those without funds could apply for access to security equipment, but Block Club has contacted the Lightfoot office and will update this story when this information becomes available.

Lightfoot said the city will also partner with community organizations to distribute equipment to communities “considered a priority based on historical trends of violence.”

These neighborhoods include:

  • Auburn I’m wrong
  • Austin
  • Chicago lawn
  • East Garfield Park
  • Englewood
  • Greater Grand Crossing
  • Humboldt Park
  • New city
  • North Londale
  • Roseland
  • South Londale
  • South coast
  • West Englewood
  • West Garfield Park
  • West Pullman

Read more about the program here.

Eugenia Tony Curtis, who has lived in Auburn Gresham for more than 50 years, said one thing she “hates more than anything in the world” is when crime stories end with “no one is in custody.” She said she hoped more residential cameras would help address this.

“Maybe if everyone has this camera and can see who the culprit is and identify him, maybe they could stop this slogan I hate,” she said.

Curtis thought the program was a good idea and had “every intention of getting one” when it was announced in the spring, but house prices have paused, she said.

Getting more details about the refunds available was the step she needed to make the purchase, Curtis said.

“I’ve been checking prices to see which ones I can afford, and I’ve found a few that I can afford now,” Curtis said. “I have a neighbor in the block who has one and she is really happy with her own. She calls me when things happen to let me know. I think we both have one, that would be useful for our bloc. “

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