Safety & Beautification

Germantown United is working to improve business and neighborhood safety.

  • Maintain security camera program along commercial corridors
  • Encourage merchants to improve window displays, lighting and signage
  • Work with community partners to make the area clean, green, and attractive for shoppers
  • Support neighborhood cleanups and other beautification efforts

Current Programs

Business Security Camera Program

Need a new surveillance camera system? Save up to $3,000. The Business Security Camera Program reimburses commercial property owners and business owners for the installation of surveillance cameras, to make their location safer for shoppers and the community. The program provides a 50% reimbursement for the total cost of eligible safety camera installations for a single commercial property. The ultimate goal of this program is to improve the safety, vitality and economic performance of neighborhood business districts throughout Philadelphia. See the Commerce Business Security Camera Program Guidelines for complete program details.

Germantown United CDC has assisted over two-dozen businesses in getting reduced cost security camera systems, collectively improving safety of the shopping district. We are available to help with your application. Contact us today!

“Clean It Up Make It Safe” Germantown Pop-Up Cleanup

A public health and safety campaign aimed at litter abatement within the Lower Germantown business district. The grassroots project utilizes pop-up cleanups – volunteer efforts that appear suddenly or unexpectedly – along the commercial district to improve the beauty, cleanliness, and safety of the targeted area, build community, and inspire people to action. These cleanups are managed by Friends of Germantown Northwest’s Keith Schenck, and supported by GUCDC through the organization’s Lower Germantown Quality of Life Initiative, which began in 2017. Learn more.

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