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West Palm Beach city leaders look to replace surveillance cameras

New surveillance cameras will be replacing existing equipment that failed on the north side of the city.

31 cameras scattered around the city give police an extra set of eyes, but only if they work.

It's supposed to be for your safety.

"People were chasing the burglar," says Carl Flick in Northwood.

Flick says there came a time when a camera on Broadway failed, "The camera was broken."

This wasn't an isolated problem. Broken cameras were an issue following several shootings including incidents on Tamarind and Pinewood.

"From our perspective, as long as the cameras are working and they are being monitored, they're part of that overall police protection," Flick says.

"Our previous system was suffering from some technical deficiencies," says Jon Ward with the city's Community Redevelopment Agency.

Ward says it's time to fix this as the CRA is shelling out thousands of dollars for 20 new cameras. The remaining 11 would paid for by city dollars.

"Good general upgrade to the system," says Ward.

The cameras could go up by September costing $6,000 a piece.

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