Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) wants to get more private sector security cameras connected to the city's surveillance network.
At last Wednesday's council meeting, Lopez introduced an order aimed at creating a rebate program for homeowners who voluntarily install exterior security cameras and connect them to the citywide surveillance network.
"Having more cameras to tap into during 9-1-1 type situations saves lives," Lopez said in a statement.
The South Side alderman would like to see $200 rebates, funded through the aldermanic menu program, offered to homeowners who install and link up exterior security cameras.
"This is a safety issue, as well as one of economic efficiency," Lopez said in a statement. "Providing a rebate for the homeowner who installs a camera is less financially burdensome than the $27,000 'Police Observation Devices,' or POD cameras, we can currently purchase through the aldermanic menu."
Some local businesses already have their private security cameras hooked up to the city's surveillance network as part of the "Operation Virtual Shield" initiative that began under former Mayor Richard M. Daley.