WASHINGTON -- Police data shows, violent crimes are up 5 percent from 2015. As of June 20, 2016, there were more than 60 homicides in the District, more than 11,000 assaults with dangerous weapons, and more than 14,000 robberies.
In February, the mayors’ office launched a security camera incentive program.
“The program is really designed with two primary goals, one that the cameras will deter crime and two that when crime does occur that the cameras will give police some additional investigative tools,” explained Michelle Garcia, Director of Office of Victim Services and Justice Grant.
Homeowners, businesses and religious institutions are encouraged to purchase and install the equipment, register the cameras with the Metropolitan Police Department, and then apply for a rebate of up to $250, $500, or $750.
“We have now funded over 600 cameras on buildings through out the district,” said Garcia.
Bryant Johnson invested in surveillance cameras, not only to protect himself and his belongings, but also to fight crime in his neighborhood.
“You have shootings, you have accidents you have commotion all over,” Johnson said, as he showed DCW50 his security cameras.
His hope is that the surveillance videos will make a difference this summer.
“If nothing else, it will be able to help police officers help us, and that is what it is all about, safety,” said Johnson.
Summer 2016 there will be more surveillance cameras in the District than ever before.