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Seattle pays company $150K to remove unused surveillance cameras

The City of Seattle has budgeted $150,000 to remove surveillance cameras placed around the city. The company hired to remove the cameras have removed more than half the cameras.
<p>Seattle police has collected a considerable inventory of surveillance tools over the years, like these cameras along the waterfront in West Seattle. (Photo: KING)</p>

More than two dozen surveillance cameras positioned around Seattle are retiring without a single day of work experience.

The Seattle Police Department installed the cameras back in 2013 but were never put into operation after a community outcry.

The cameras will be repurposed by the Seattle Department of Transportation.

“We’ve budgeted $150,000 for this project,” said Megan Erb, a spokesperson with Seattle’s IT department. “Each removal is different depending on how the equipment was installed; some will be easier to remove than others, thus making them less expensive than the ones that are a little more complicated to remove.”

Erb said the company hired to remove the cameras started this week. Cameras have already been pulled down in West Seattle, Magnolia and Golden Gardens.

Next up, roughly a dozen cameras in downtown Seattle.