The city of Chicago, IL has launched a $5.3M program to support equipping homes and businesses with private security devices. The Home and Business Protection Program (HBPP) will reimburse the costs of private security devices to enhance safety.
“We are taking a public health approach to community safety, and that means activating resources across a range of programs, policy changes, and activities,” said Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot. “The Home and Business Protection Program serves as our newest resource to support this effort, and it is part of a larger strategy that includes historic investments in affordable housing, mental health, and violence prevention. We encourage all residents to take advantage of this program and join us in our efforts to create safer communities all across our city.”
The program is open to all Chicago residents, businesses, religious institutions, non-profit organizations, and anyone who owns or leases a vehicle registered to a primary address within the city limits. Renters may also take advantage of the rebate, provided they have received consent from the property owner. All applicants who successfully complete their application and meet the qualifying criteria will be reimbursed within 90 days after application approval. The private security devices include outdoor security camera systems, cloud storage for video footage, outdoor motion-sensor lighting, vehicle GPS trackers, and subscription costs. HBPP will run through December 31, 2024, or until funds are depleted.
“We’ve been engaging with partners across the city and heard that residents, business owners, and community leaders want these resources. They want to help communities by increasing lighting and solving crimes,” said Tamara Mahal, chief coordination officer, community safety at City of Chicago. “We’re listening to the community and working to reduce barriers and equip Chicagoans with the tools they need to protect their property and feel safe.”