BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City Council approved legislation that will give residents a rebate if they install a home security camera and register it with the city.

The Patterson Park Neighborhood was one of the first in the city to establish a database for security cameras. Now, the Baltimore City Council wants to encourage all city residents to go out and purchase a home security camera.

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“It aids with arrests, but it also aids with prosecution,” Arch McKown, Patterson Park Public Safety Chair, said.

City Council passed legislation that will offer people up to $150 to put toward a Ring or Nest doorbell camera. Participants will then register their cameras with a city program called CitiWatch Community Partnership.

The program shows police where the cameras are and gives them the contact information to request videos and images if there’s a crime in the area.

The cameras captured an assault on Bank Street in southeast Baltimore last year where a woman was violently carjacked during the day. There was also another incident captured where three woman were attacked on Gough Street near Patterson Park.

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Many residents in Patterson Park said they think it’s a good idea despite some mentioning privacy as a concern.

“You could piece together an entire crime if the whole neighborhood had some sort of surveillance,” Antoine McKinney, a Baltimore City resident, said.

“I know that a lot of people who steal packages will look straight into the camera and still steal them, but at least they know their face is being recorded,” Tina Ghasri, a Baltimore City resident, said.

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The CitiWatch Program is voluntary, and police ever want to access a person’s video surveillance system, they would always have to get permission from the homeowner before doing so.

Rachel Menitoff