Surveillance Camera Rebate Program

Screen Shot 2016-02-19 at 10.02.53 AM“Video is a force multiplier for MPD. It gives us an extra set of eyes by allowing us to provide much needed situational awareness.”  (DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier)

“We submitted a rebate request for our Arlo indoor/outdoor wifi security cameras [by NETGEAR] and it was accepted! I encourage everyone to check out the Arlo security camera system and the DC private security camera system incentive program. It has brought us so much peace of mind!” (Capitol Hill Resident, Mar. 14, 2016)

The Private Security Camera Incentive Program, administered by the D.C. Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants, 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.

Program Details:  Click here

Program Contact:, 202-727-5124.

Rules and Regulations: Click here

Key Requirements

  • 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 must be registered with the Metropolitan Police Department.
  • Only one security camera system per property address is eligible.
  • Security camera systems must be installed on the exterior of a building.
  • Applicants must verify installation of the system
  • Security camera systems must 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.

Frequently Asked Questions:  Click here

Home Surveillance Camera Recommendations: Click here

Apply for Rebate:  Click here

Video Surveillance Placard

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MPD offers this downloadable video surveillance placard that can help deter crime.  Local print shops can print on durable, corrugated plastic fairly inexpensively.

Download [PDF]:  video_surveillance_warning.pdf


Priority Consideration [updated April 5, 2016, based on Final Rules and Regulations]

Until July 31, 2016, applications  will be accepted from only from Applicants whose property is located in the following Police Service Areas (PSA):

• MPD First District: PSAs 103, 104, 105, 106, 107 and 108
• MPD Second District: PSAs 202, 207 and 208
• MPD Third District: PSAs 302, 303, 305, 307 and 308
• MPD Fourth District: PSAs 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 407 and 409
• MPD Fifth District: All PSAs
• MPD Sixth District: PSAs 601, 602, 603, 604, 607 and 608
• MPD Seventh District: All PSAs.

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

Media Coverage:

D.C. offers rebates for installing surveillance cameras to deter crime (Washington Post, Feb. 18, 2016)

D.C. launches program that offers rebates for security cameras (WJLA, Feb. 17, 2016)

D.C.’s Surveillance Progam Moves Forward (, Jan. 20, 2016)

New D.C. law aims to fight crime with larger security cam arsenal (WTOP, Jan. 15, 2016)


  • Capital Shield Video Sharing Program (a public-private partnership
    that unites the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) with commercial property owners, businesses and institutions and through which participants help enhance public safety by providing MPD with direct access to their security cameras.)
  • MPD Body-Worn Camera Program  (“Videos will increase accountability by recording interactions from start to finish, and being available to those involved in the incident, partners in the criminal and civil justice system, and government agencies that investigate the police.”)