CITYWIDE — Chicagoans can apply for free security cameras and floodlights from the city.
The city has reimbursed residents and business owners more than $350,000 for security devices since June and is expanding the program to offer the equipment for free based on income, according to a city news release.
Qualifying residents can apply online to receive two wireless outdoor security cameras and a solar-powered flood light, according to the city.
To be eligible for the program, you have to live in the city, provide identification and have an income that’s less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, according to the city.
The city will give away cameras until the end of 2024 or until funds for the program are depleted.
Nearly 2,000 security cameras have been registered with the Police Department so detectives can use them in investigations, but people who get the cameras are not and have never been required to register them, according to the city.
Registering the security camera doesn’t give police direct access to the footage, and people can decline to provide the footage, according to the city.
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