1. Learn about this resource. 

Renters or property owners can get financial assistance for a security camera system. We—DC Government—offer a rebate after you pay for and install a security camera system on the exterior of a property in DC. The rebate covers the cost of the cameras, up to $200 each. You can receive a rebate for more than one camera, for a total rebate of up to $500 for residential properties, such as houses, townhouses, and apartment buildings, and up to $750 for non-residential properties, such as businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions.

 

This program is called the Private Security Camera Rebate Program and is offered by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.

2. Check if you are eligible.

You are eligible if all of these statements are true:

  • You rent or own a property in DC. (You can live outside DC, as long as the property you’re applying for is in DC. The property could be a residential property, business, nonprofit, or religious institution.)

  • You purchased and installed a security camera system outside the property you rent or own in DC on or after September 22, 2015.

If you do live in DC and receive certain types of public assistance, you may be eligible to receive a free security camera system and installation at your home in DC.

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3. Apply.


  1. If you have not already, purchase and install an eligible camera system (see additional requirements below) on the exterior of the property you rent or own. The system must include enough storage for 48 hours of footage, which may be an additional purchase for some systems.
  2. If you rent the property, get a letter or email from your landlord with their permission to install a camera.
  3. Register your camera(s) online with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). This means that MPD may request recorded footage from you to assist with an investigation, but you are not required to provide the footage. Once you register, you’ll receive an automated confirmation email from the registration system with a log number.
  4. Gather the receipts for your camera(s), your log number from MPD, and if you’re a renter, the letter from your landlord with permission to install the camera(s). If your camera system requires cloud-based storage, you’ll also need to provide documentation that you’re paying for the storage. If you had a professional install the camera system for you, you may also include a receipt from the business that installed it for you. (It’s not required, but if they include photos of the installed camera(s) with the receipt, we can process your application more quickly).
  5. Complete the online application. You need to create an account before you can start the application form. You can also apply by calling (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
You can apply at any time.





4. Gather more information.

What happens after I apply?


  1. You’ll receive an automated confirmation email after you submit your application. You may need to check your junk or spam folder for the email. If you don’t receive an email, contact us—the DC Government—at security.cameras@dc.gov or (202) 727-5124 to confirm that your application was submitted.
  2. We will visit in-person to verify that your camera system is installed. (You do not need to be home for this visit, we only check the exterior of your property. (If you had your camera system installed by a professional and included a receipt with photos of the installed camera(s) with your application, we don’t need to inspect it in-person.)
  3. Once we verify that your camera system is installed, we’ll send you a confirmation email with details on your rebate. It may take up to 45 business days to get your rebate check in the mail.
If you are not approved, we will let you know by email within 45 business days of when you applied. If you’re not approved because the cameras weren’t installed properly or your application was missing information, you can apply again once you resolve the issue.




Are there any additional requirements I should know about?


  • If you are a renter, you must provide proof that your landlord or property owner approves the installation of the camera.
  • Security cameras must be installed on the outside of your home or property.
  • All cameras must:
    • Be weatherproof
    • Meet technical and video quality requirements, including at least:
      • 1 megapixel and 1280x720 digital resolution or 640X480 analog resolution
      • Standard video quality
      • 5 frames per second
    • Store footage for a minimum of 48 hours, or two days




Who should I contact if I have questions?


First, take a look at the frequently asked questions at the bottom of the page. If you still have questions, please reach out to the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants at (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Or, you can email the team at security.cameras@dc.gov using the subject line “Rebate Program.”




I still need help making my home safer. What should I do?


You can find information about other resources that might help on our home safety resources page.




Frequently Asked Questions


Can I submit an application before I buy a camera system? No. The application for the rebate requires proof that you’ve already bought the camera system. You should first buy, install, and register the camera system (following the instructions to apply). Do I have to purchase a specific type of security camera system? We don’t require a specific security camera system type or model, but the camera system you choose must meet some criteria (outlined in the additional requirements above). I purchased my camera system on a payment plan. Can I apply for a rebate? You can apply for the rebate after you’ve fully paid for your camera system. Where should the security camera(s) be installed? The cameras need to be installed on the outside of the building. Do I need to schedule an appointment for the camera inspection? No appointment is needed. Since the camera is located on the outside of your home or property, you do not need to be at the site inspection. Will the rebate cover installation of the system and other costs? No, the rebate only covers the cost of the cameras and the sales tax. The costs of installation, accessories, and storage are not covered. I already received a rebate for a security camera system. Can I apply again? If you received less than the maximum rebate ($500 for residential properties and $750 for non-residential properties), you can add a camera to your system and follow the instructions to apply for the rebate again to cover the new camera. You can also apply for a different property that you rent or own in DC and haven't received a rebate or voucher for a camera system. How can I submit my application if I don’t have a computer? There are several locations throughout the city that provide access to computers where you could submit your application online. You can also text the word “FIND” to 83224 or call (202) CONNECT or (202) 266-6328. You can also apply by calling (202) 727-5124, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Does the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) have access to the footage from the cameras? You must register your camera system with the MPD to receive a rebate. MPD will not have access to live video from the camera. They can request access to recorded footage, but you are not required to provide the footage. I want to apply for a condo building. Who should submit the application? If you want to apply for a condo building, we encourage you to ask your condo board to submit the application.




Do all eligible applicants get the rebate?


No, funding for this program is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year, all eligible applicants to the program received a rebate.





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This page was last updated February 2021.