DC residents could soon have access to security camera rebates

- D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen will present emergency legislation at a council hearing Tuesday aimed at strengthening video surveillance outside homes, businesses, and places of worship across D.C.

Allen said, "It is a sense of urgency for me. We know they make a difference."

In September, the council passed a supplemental budget plan to fund the camera rebate program up to $500,000. Allen's proposal will revise Mayor Muriel Bowser’s original plan. 

Allen wants to nearly double the number of maximum rebates possible. His plan would allow up to $200 per camera installed and registered with police, with a maximum rebate up to $500 per residential property and up to $750 per business, commercial, nonprofit or religious institution. 

Allen also wants to ensure that all wards benefit from the program. His legislation stipulates the highest crime areas in each ward will receive priority for rebates.

If the council approves the emergency legislation on Tuesday, Allen hopes the Mayor will sign it and implement the program right away.

"We've already passed the funding," Allen said.  

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