Montgomery County expands eligibility for security camera rebate program

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (DC News Now) — More people in parts of Montgomery County are now eligible for a security camera incentive program with police.

The Mongomery County Department of Police (MCDP) said in a release Tuesday that it had expanded eligibility of “priority areas” as part of its Police-Private Security Camera Program. You can see the updated map and check if your address is eligible online.

The program had started on Nov. 15, 2023. MCDP said that it aims to “deter and solve crimes by incentivizing the installation of security cameras in geographic areas experiencing relatively high crime incidents.”

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Any owner or tenant of a property being used as a residence, business or nonprofit organization in the applicable areas can apply for a rebate if they have a security camera. You can get rebates for one camera per residence or five per business or nonprofit organization.

All security camera systems are eligible as long as they keep video footage for at least seven days. The camera has to be installed on the outside of a building and must be weatherproof.

If you live in one of the eligible areas and have a security camera that meets the requirements, you could be eligible for a rebate for the cost of the camera (up to $250). Additional costs (like installation, accessories or subscriptions) are not covered.

If you are interested in participating, you would have to register your camera with MCPD. Police do not get access to any live video feeds.

You can find out more about the program on Montgomery County’s website.

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