Home and Business Protection Rebate Program

Last updated on 6/27/2022

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The City's Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) provides rebates up to certain limits that cover the costs of outdoor security cameras, one year of cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs. All Chicago residents, as well as business, religious, and non-profit organizations are encouraged to take advantage of the program. To participate, purchase an eligible device(s) on or after 6/6/2022, take a photo of the installed device(s), submit a completed application, and receive financial reimbursement. The program is first-come, first-serve. It will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first.


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Reimbursement

Anyone who meets the eligibility criteria below may receive reimbursement for:

  • 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 (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.


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Eligibility Criteria

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

  1. The applicant must be an owner or tenant of a property used as a primary residence*, business, religious institution, or nonprofit organization within the City of Chicago OR own or lease a vehicle registered to a primary address within the City of Chicago.
  2. The applicant must provide documentation that verifies proof of purchase, showing a date of purchase on or after 6/6/2022.
  3. The applicant must install the device(s) and provide a photo showing the installed device(s).

*State ID is not required to prove Chicago residence. See other options available to establish proof that you live in Chicago.

REBATE APPLICATION 


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Private Security Camera
System Criteria

Those seeking rebate for the purchase of private security cameras must also attest that the cameras purchased:

  • are located on the exterior of the building 
  • are weatherproof and outdoor rated;
  • operate with high definition video;
  • include night vision capability;
  • store footage for a minimum of 72 hours either locally or provide cloud-based storage.
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Outdoor Motion Sensor
Lighting Criteria

Those seeking rebate for the purchase of security lighting systems must also attest that lighting purchased is:

  • located on the exterior of the building;
  • is weatherproof and outdoor rated;
  • and is equipped with motion sensor technology.
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Vehicle GPS Tracking
Device Criteria

Those seeking rebate to purchase vehicle GPS tracking devices must attest that their vehicle is:

  • used solely for personal use or for work as an independent contractor working in the sharing economy, including but not limited to rideshare or delivery services.

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Community Distribution Events

In order to ensure those who live in communities experiencing higher levels of violence have access to private security devices, 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.

In addition to the rebate application, which is open to anyone who lives in the city of Chicago, operates a business in the city, or owns or leases a vehicle registered to a primary address within the city limits, individuals who live in the 15 communities listed below will also be able to receive security devices at no cost though organizations in their neighborhoods. Schedule of distribution events will be released later this month.

  • 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

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Proof of city of Chicago address (Note: State ID is not required to prove Chicago residence. See other options available to establish proof that you live in Chicago.)
  • Proof of purchase for the security device that includes a date of purchase on or after 6/6/2022, description of the number and cost of device purchased, and demonstrates payment made.
  • Proof that your cameras can store and retain at least seventy two (72) hours of video footage (Note: several systems—including but not limited to Arlo, Maximus, Nest, Ring, Blink and Simplisafe—require the separate purchase of cloud-based storage to meet this requirement. This is not an exhaustive list of all brands and does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of a specific product. Please double check to see if your system requires additional storage before submitting an application.)
  • Proof of installation, including photos of the installed devices. If installation was carried out by a business with a valid Basic Business License that is engaged in the installation of security devices, they can provide written documentation.

The City of Chicago requires tenants to obtain permission from property owners before carrying out the installation of cameras and/or light fixtures. Applicants must sign an attestation verifying that they have received permission from the property owner to proceed with rebate program. Condo associations and property managers are also eligible for the program.

Yes, the City’s Home and Business Protect Program is open to anyone who lives in Chicago, regardless of immigration status. Examples of proof that you live in Chicago (must show your name and address) include:

  • Driver’s license
  • Illinois ID card or REAL ID card (from the DMV)
  • Library card
  • Postmarked letter
  • Utility bill
  • Vehicle registration
  • Vehicle insurance
  • Voter registration confirmation
  • Rent receipt or lease or letter from landlord
  • School or employment document
  • Court document
  • City Key Card
  • Tax, bank, or insurance document
  • Post Office change of address confirmation
  • Letter or document from a Faith-based organization, shelter, non-profit institution with the name/address of issuing organization
  • Membership card – Union, YMCA, store club card, fitness center, community or neighborhood association, apartment building association
  • Consular ID (Matricula Consular)
  • Any employment document from the other sectors (Food and Agriculture, Education and Childcare, Emergency Responder) IF these contain name and home address

Yes. If your condo association, business, or organization is located in Chicago, you are eligible for reimbursement. Each building located at a different address is eligible for reimbursement. The application for business and other organizations is the same as the application for individuals.

At this time, you can only submit one rebate application per type of device (e.g., cameras, lights, GPS tracker).

No, the application can only be completed online.

The application is accessible via mobile devices. The Chicago Public Library offers computer and Internet access if you wish to submit your application there.

No, installation costs of cameras, lighting systems, and vehicle GPS tracking devices are not eligible for reimbursement. We are working on options to support device installation for those with disabilities and senior citizens. More information to come on that in the coming weeks.

No, private security resources purchased prior to the launch of the Home and Business Protection Rebate Program on June 6, 2022, are not be eligible for reimbursement. However, you can still register the location of your cameras with the Chicago Police Department at chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration and aid in criminal investigations.

All applicants who successfully complete their application will be reimbursed within 90 days after application approval.

Via a check in the mail, within 90 days of approved application.

Yes, the security cameras have to meet the following requirements: Must be weatherproof and outdoor rated; operate in high definition; include night vision capabilities; and have the ability to store footage for a minimum of 72 hours either locally or in a cloud based storage system.

It must be installed at the address listed in the rebate application. Cameras and lights are required to be outdoors as indicated in the requirements section; no requirements for vehicular GPS trackers.

No, these types of devices would only qualify for a camera rebate, for a maximum of $225. The security camera would still have to meet the following requirements: Must be weatherproof and outdoor rated; operate in high definition; include night vision capabilities; and have the ability to store footage for a minimum of 72 hours either locally or in a cloud based storage system.

No, CPD will not have access to any of the devices that you obtain through the City’s Home and Business Protection program.

No, registering the camera system with the Chicago Police Department is optional. However, we encourage sharing the location of security cameras to assist in criminal investigations by visiting chicagopolice.org/cameraregistration.

The contact information you provide may be accessed by the Chicago Police Department when investigating a crime in the vicinity of where your camera system is located. Chicago Police Department Detectives may contact you to request a copy of any video captured by your camera system. The camera system is your property, and you have the right to refuse any requests. By law, your information cannot be shared publicly.

  • CPD will not have direct access to your camera system.  
  • CPD cannot access camera footage without your consent.
  • There is no requirement to provide footage to CPD at any time.

For additional information please visit chicagopolice.org/CameraRegistration or contact CameraRegistration@chicagopolice.org

The Home and Business Protection Program will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted, whichever comes first. Reimbursement is conditioned upon meeting the requirements set forth by the City of Chicago and the availability of funds. Submission of application does not guarantee reimbursement.

Currently the City of Chicago is offering reimbursement throughout the City. If you live in one of the 15 communities considered priority, we’ll be offering and providing equipment at no cost to residents. More information to follow.

Signing up for the City's Home and Business Protection program holds a number of benefits, including:

  • obtaining security devices at no cost to protect your property
  • deterring crime by increasing visibility and presence of vigilant residents
  • helping identify the location of your vehicle if it's stolen
  • helping identify suspects when there are no witnesses.

In order to ensure those who live in communities experiencing higher levels of violence have access to private security devices, 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.

In addition to the rebate application, which is open to anyone who lives in the city of Chicago, operates a business in the city, or owns or leases a vehicle registered to a primary address within the city limits, individuals who live in the 15 communities listed below will also be able to receive security devices at no cost though organizations in their neighborhoods. Schedule of distribution events will be released later this month.

  • 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

Additionally, the City is working on options to support device installation for those with disabilities and senior citizens. More information to come on that in the coming weeks.


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Additional Information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at HBPP@cityofchicago.org or (312) 742-3317.


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