Chicago residents can now be reimbursed for security equipment purchases, Mayor Lightfoot says

Applicants who want to aid Chicago Police Department during crime investigations can register their camera system

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Monday, June 6, 2022
Chicago residents can now be reimbursed for security equipment: mayor
Chicago residents can now be reimbursed for home surveillance cameras, GPS trackers and motion sensor light costs, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago residents and businesses can now be reimbursed for surveillance equipment purchases, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday.

Chicago's new program offers cash for cameras and, crucially, increased city access to home or business security cameras for investigators trying to solve crimes.

Surveillance videos, home security cameras and, increasingly, crystal clear Ring doorbell footage, are often their best hope at tracing criminals.

But that kind of high-tech security is costly.

So, the city is now offering to help pick up the tab. The $5.3 million program first announced in April offers home or business owners:

  • Up to $225 per camera (cost of camera and tax only) for a maximum of 2 cameras, or a total $450 reimbursement.
  • One year of subscription costs for cloud-based video storage systems for a maximum of $150 per annual subscription
  • Up to $100 per light for outdoor motion sensor lighting (cost of light and tax only) for a maximum of 2 lights, or a total $200 reimbursement
  • Up to $50 per vehicle GPS tracking device (cost device and tax only) for a maximum of 2 devices, or a total $100 reimbursement
  • One year of subscription costs for GPS tracking applications as required for use by the vehicle GPS tracking device manufacturer up to $120
  • Only security devices purchased on or after June 6 qualify for reimbursement. Applicants who complete their application will be reimbursed within 90 days after approval. Installation costs of cameras, lighting, and GPS tracking devices are not eligible for reimbursement.

    In order to get the reimbursement, people must register the devices with the city's record. It does not give detectives or any city official the ability to access camera footage. For that, owners must still give consent.

    Applicants who are interested in aiding the Chicago Police Department during criminal investigations have the option to register their camera system at

    "Working with our communities across Chicago is the only way we can strengthen public safety," said CPD Community Policing Director Glen Brooks. "By registering your camera with CPD, it will help detectives solve crimes more efficiently and take violent offenders off the street quicker."

    To be eligible for any qualifying rebates, the following requirements must be met:

  • The applicant must be an owner or tenant of a property used as a primary residence, business, religious institution, or nonprofit organizations within Chicago or own or lease a vehicle registered to a primary address within the city.
  • The applicant must provide documentation that verifies proof of purchase.
  • The applicant must provide photo documentation that verifies installation.
  • The program is first-come, first-serve, and open to residents and business owners throughout Chicago. Lightfoot said the city will partner with community-based organizations to distribute private security equipment in the 15 communities that are considered priority based on historical trends of violence:

  • Auburn Gresham
  • Austin
  • Chicago Lawn
  • East Garfield Park
  • Englewood
  • Greater Grand Crossing
  • Humboldt Park
  • New City
  • North Lawndale
  • Roseland
  • South Lawndale
  • South Shore
  • West Englewood
  • West Garfield Park
  • West Pullman
  • For more information, click here.