Private Security Camera Program

Program Description  
The Private Security Camera Incentive Program, administered by the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (Office), creates a rebate for residents, businesses, nonprofits, and religious institutions to purchase and install security camera systems on their property and register them with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The program provides a rebate of up to $200 per camera, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address and $750 for all other addresses. This program is intended to help deter crime and assist law enforcement with investigations.
The camera system must have been purchased and installed on the property after September 22, 2015 and before all available funds are expended. The camera also must be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department. The amount of the rebate shall not be more than the cost of the purchase of the camera system. Only one security camera system per property address is eligible. Security camera systems must be installed on the exterior of a building.  Applicants will also be required to verify installation of the system (see application for complete details).
Camera  System Specifications 
Security camera systems shall meet minimum technical and video quality specifications below, and must retain video footage for at least forty-eight (48) hours. All cameras must be outdoor, weather proof cameras.
Camera Resolution 1 Megapixel 3 Megapixel
Screen Resolution 1280×720 2048×1536
Video Quality Standard High
Frames per Second 5 15
Storage Requirements 250 GB per camera or up to 10 days of storage 2.5 TB per camera


Screen Resolution 640X480 640X480
Frames per Second 5 15
Storage Requirements 125 GB per camera 350 GB per camera
Applicants must be an owner or tenant of a property that is used as a residence, business, nonprofit, or religious institution located in the District of Columbia. Applicants who are tenants must provide documentation from the property owner approving the installation of the security camera system on the property. Until July 31, 2016, the Office shall accept applications only from Applicants whose property is located in specific Police Service Areas. Beginning August 1, 2016, if there are still funds remaining, properties throughout the District will be eligible to participate in the program.
The Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants will give priority consideration to properties, businesses, and religious institutions in the following Police Service Areas (PSA):103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 202, 207, 208, 302, 303, 305, 307, 308, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407, 409, all PSAs in the Fifth Police District, 602, 603, 604, 607, 608, and all PSAs in the Seventh Police District.  PSA borders can be found online at Applicants can find their property address PSA online at: 
By participating in this program, the Applicant acknowledges that he or she will not use the security camera for any unlawful or harassing purposes and will comply with all applicable building and electrical code requirements.
If you have additional questions, please contact the program at or 202-727-5124
Note: It may take up to 45 working days to issue your rebate provided your application is complete and approved.
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Mayor Bowser Launches Private Security Camera Program as Part of Safer, Stronger DC Initiative

(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, along with the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice GrantsPrivate Security Cameras Michelle M. Garcia, officially launched the Private Security Camera Incentive Program. The program will provide rebates for the purchase, installation, and registration of a security camera system on the exterior of a building owned or leased by a resident, business, nonprofit, or religious institution.

Potential applicants can visit or contact the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants at or (202) 727-5124 for more information.

“The installation of private security cameras in the city is another step to deter crime and assist police during investigations,” said Mayor Bowser. “This innovative rebate program helps equip residents, small businesses, nonprofits and religious institutions with the tools they need to help prevent crime and identify suspects.”

The legislation to create the program was originally introduced in September 2015 as part of Mayor Bowser’s comprehensive public safety agenda, “Safer, Stronger DC.” Councilmember Charles Allen moved the legislation in January, following months of delay by the Judiciary Committee.

“I want to thank the Council for taking an important step forward,” continued Mayor Bowser. “But we have a lot of work to do to make the District safer and stronger. I call on the Council to take up other components of my Safer, Stronger legislative package.”

For more information on the Mayor’s Safer, Stronger DC package, visit:

Once the cameras are installed and registered with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), officers will be able to request the video footage from their owners while investigating criminal activity that may have occurred in the vicinity of the camera. In addition, the cameras will help serve as a deterrent to anyone considering a crime against a property – like burglaries and package thefts. MPD will not have live video access to the cameras.

Security cameras purchased and installed after September 22, 2015 are eligible for the program. For the first several months, only addresses within priority MPD police service areas (PSAs) can submit rebate applications. After August 1, addresses anywhere in the District can apply. There is at least one priority PSA in each Ward and they were selected based on crime levels and public safety indicators.

The priority PSAs are:
• MPD First District: PSAs 104, 105, 107 and 108;
• MPD Second District: PSAs 202, 207 and 208;
• MPD Third District: PSAs 302, 303 and 305;
• MPD Fourth District: PSAs 402, 403, 405 and 409;
• MPD Fifth District: All PSAs;
• MPD Sixth District: PSAs 602, 603, 604 and 608; and
• MPD Seventh District: All PSAs.

To identify the PSA of a property address, please visit:

The program has a budget of $500,000. Rebates will be issued so long as funding is available.

The program provides a rebate of:
• Up to $200 of the purchase price per camera installed on the exterior of a residential building, with a maximum rebate of up to $500 per residential address; and
• Up to $200 of the purchase price per camera installed on the exterior of a business, commercial, nonprofit, or religious institution with a maximum rebate of up to $750 per address.