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Councilman Allen to Propose Compensation Plan for Locals Who Buy Security Cameras

by Andrew Ramonas — September 15, 2015 at 4:15 pm 5 Comments

Security camera (Photo courtesy of David Heyman)Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 is looking to give residents of Capitol Hill and other parts of the District a financial incentive to install security cameras at their homes.

Allen tomorrow plans to introduce legislation that would offer a onetime tax credit of up to $100 to any D.C. homeowner who buys a security camera to help fight crime, according to his office.

“It’s just one idea of many needed, but after seeing the number of investigations that rely on home security cameras to identify suspects and aid the police, I’m convinced it’s an approach we need to explore,” he said in a newsletter to Capitol Hill-area residents today.

Home security cameras often play a role in investigations into package thefts.

So far this year, surveillance cameras have captured more than a half-dozen suspected package thefts from homes in the Capitol Hill area, a review of Hill Now stories shows.

Hill East resident David Heyman told Hill Now earlier this year that the camera he trains on his doorstep provides “peace of mind.”

“What you’re telling the bad guy is, ‘Go someplace else,'” he said.

Photo courtesy of David Heyman

  • I did say that months ago. Then I captured my own package thief steal from us, not once but twice. Outdoor cameras are expensive, an effort to help pay for them would go a long way.

  • jmarsh20003

    Another regressive tax: Renters will be subsidizing the wealthier property owners.

  • Patrick Division

    Now if CM Allen could only get MPD to actually *look* at the footage captured by those cameras….

  • Mallygut

    I hope residents take advantage of this. Good on Allen.

  • 35 years on the Hill.

    Recording is one thing arrests are quite another.

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