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22nd Aug '17 5:50:00 AM MrMaplesyrup1
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As a result, the allegedly hi-tech cameras that can identify an intruder the moment he steps into their field of view can be shot, smashed, hacked or otherwise monkeyed with without any alarm being raised. Is it too much to ask to have a [[SurveillanceStationSlacker security guy]] watching the screens, or better yet, an electrical circuit that can detect when an operating camera has been violently destroyed? Even if they're unbreakable, the spy can still stand directly underneath them without being seen, because they only have a very limited line of vision and - unlike the security cameras in, say, a shopping mall - are not covered with a black dome to disguise exactly where the camera is looking. These cameras will often oscillate in a slow and predictable pattern, allowing an intruder time to sneak under them, when it would have made more sense for the camera to remain fixed at one angle.

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As a result, the allegedly hi-tech cameras that can identify an intruder the moment he steps into their field of view can be shot, smashed, hacked or otherwise monkeyed with without any alarm being raised. Is it too much to ask to have a [[SurveillanceStationSlacker security guy]] watching the screens, or better yet, an electrical circuit that can detect when an operating camera has been violently destroyed? Even if they're unbreakable, the spy can still stand directly underneath them without being seen, because they only have a very limited line of vision and - unlike the security cameras in, say, a shopping mall - are not covered with a black dome to disguise exactly where the camera is looking. These cameras will often oscillate in a slow and predictable pattern, allowing an intruder time to sneak under them, when it would have made more sense for the camera to remain fixed at one angle.
24th Jul '17 10:49:39 AM nielas
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* Subverted on ''Series/AmericanGods'' when we see a flashback to how Shadow and Laura first met. She is working as a dealer in a casino and realizes that Shadow is trying to cheat. She warns him that the casino has upgraded its security and while he might think that he is seating in a security camera blindspot, he is actually watched by multiple hidden cameras. Presumably the "blindspot" was setup as SchmuckBait to easier catch cheaters.
9th Apr '17 1:01:20 PM nombretomado
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* An amusing subversion in ''RushHour'' occurs where Inspector Lee jumps over the wall of the consulate and nearly face-plants a camera looking straight at him. After a brief pause, he pushes the camera to point away from him - a little pointless though because a couple of downed FBI agents were actually watching him and the compound was on full alert.
** Subverted again in ''[[RushHour Rush Hour 2]]'' when Lee is sneaking into the casino. He rides on top of a chip cart, then secures himself high above the hallway, only to find himself staring a camera in the face. It looks like nobody took notice until another camera starts following him and his image then gets sent to all camera screens, alerting all guards.

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* An amusing subversion in ''RushHour'' ''Film/RushHour'' occurs where Inspector Lee jumps over the wall of the consulate and nearly face-plants a camera looking straight at him. After a brief pause, he pushes the camera to point away from him - a little pointless though because a couple of downed FBI agents were actually watching him and the compound was on full alert.
** Subverted again in ''[[RushHour Rush Hour 2]]'' ''Film/RushHour2'' when Lee is sneaking into the casino. He rides on top of a chip cart, then secures himself high above the hallway, only to find himself staring a camera in the face. It looks like nobody took notice until another camera starts following him and his image then gets sent to all camera screens, alerting all guards.
4th Mar '17 1:19:26 AM Bionicman
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*** Arguably justified by the fact that the Deus Ex 2 world is recovering from having its entire economy and technology sent back to the dark ages by the events of the last game.
*** The cameras have an complete IFF system installed and you don't think they could manage colour TV?
26th Feb '17 8:36:46 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Played so straight it has to be a parody, in ''Film/HotFuzz'' a crew of kids spraypaint over the whole village's CCTV system while the character watching the monitors just happened to be reading the paper.

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* Played so straight it has to be a parody, in ''Film/HotFuzz'' a crew of kids spraypaint over the whole village's CCTV system while the character watching the monitors just happened to be reading the paper. Oddly enough it's completely irrelevant if he sees them do it or not; the intention is just to blind him during the final battle, not to sneak in.
5th Nov '16 12:53:39 PM Morgenthaler
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** In SurvivorsQuest, the people from the ''Chaf Envoy'' get trapped in three different turbolifts by the OutboundFlight survivor titled the Guardian. The Guardian tells them not to cut or blast their way out, because [[ElevatorFailure the turbolifts will crush them]]. The turbolift with Luke and Mara in it immediately has all potential camera sites covered up by them; the four [[BadassCrew unspeakably badass stormtroopers]] in another turbolift figure out where the camera is and cover it and only it. But the Guardian is in too much of a bind to do anything about it; plus, he doesn't think they'll be able to escape. Instead he lets someone in the third turbolift talk him into letting them out to talk to them, and leaves the Jedi and the stormtroopers where they are.

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** In SurvivorsQuest, Literature/SurvivorsQuest, the people from the ''Chaf Envoy'' get trapped in three different turbolifts by the OutboundFlight Literature/OutboundFlight survivor titled the Guardian. The Guardian tells them not to cut or blast their way out, because [[ElevatorFailure the turbolifts will crush them]]. The turbolift with Luke and Mara in it immediately has all potential camera sites covered up by them; the four [[BadassCrew unspeakably badass stormtroopers]] in another turbolift figure out where the camera is and cover it and only it. But the Guardian is in too much of a bind to do anything about it; plus, he doesn't think they'll be able to escape. Instead he lets someone in the third turbolift talk him into letting them out to talk to them, and leaves the Jedi and the stormtroopers where they are.



* Averted in ''DocSidhe'' In the final battle, both sides use and abuse security cameras ("talk-boxes") - both their own and the other side's - but none of the glitches are ever treated as being due to anything other than deliberate intent. (Including one case [[spoiler:where one of the characters remotely destroys one of her own security cameras in order to warn her friends at the camera's location.]])

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* Averted in ''DocSidhe'' ''Literature/DocSidhe'' In the final battle, both sides use and abuse security cameras ("talk-boxes") - both their own and the other side's - but none of the glitches are ever treated as being due to anything other than deliberate intent. (Including one case [[spoiler:where one of the characters remotely destroys one of her own security cameras in order to warn her friends at the camera's location.]])



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27th Sep '16 3:02:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted in an episode of ''StrokerAndHoop'' when Stroker breaks into a pharmaceutical company by the classic method of knocking out a guard and stealing his uniform. Once inside, he is immediately apprehended by another guard who saw the whole thing on security camera. When Stroker gets indignant that the guard wasn't sleeping or watching a football game like he was supposed to be, the guard explains "I like my job".

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* Subverted in an episode of ''StrokerAndHoop'' ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' when Stroker breaks into a pharmaceutical company by the classic method of knocking out a guard and stealing his uniform. Once inside, he is immediately apprehended by another guard who saw the whole thing on security camera. When Stroker gets indignant that the guard wasn't sleeping or watching a football game like he was supposed to be, the guard explains "I like my job".
5th Sep '16 6:56:44 PM rjd1922
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* {{Defied|Trope}} in ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'', where tampering with security cameras is punishable by death.
2nd Sep '16 8:40:49 AM erforce
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* In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', the majority of the level [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Breaking and Entering]] has security cameras everywhere. If Cortez is spotted, guards will be called and autoguns will be switched on. If you shoot the cameras, you'll hear a transmission from the guards ordering a patrol to check the stairways, [[ArtificialBrilliance which is the only way]] for Cortez to get from floor to floor. However, you do get a weapon that allows Cortez to disable all electricity-based tech, ''at the very beginning of the level.''
** Oh, and watch out for the laser tripwires, thumbprint scanners, random engineers, and security robots. If you can't kill a guard or engineer quickly after you're spotted, [[OhCrap security is summoned.]] [[FromBadToWorse And they're armed with semiautomatics.]]
** Similarly, in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2'', [[ThatOneLevel NeoTokyo]] is rife with security cameras. You have to shoot them down without drawing attention to yourself. If you decide to [[VideogameCrueltyPotential shoot any civilians]], then Riot Police are called out to deal with you, and [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment you are informed that you failed the level.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters''
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In ''VideoGame/TimeSplittersFuturePerfect'', the majority of the level [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Breaking and Entering]] has security cameras everywhere. If Cortez is spotted, guards will be called and autoguns will be switched on. If you shoot the cameras, you'll hear a transmission from the guards ordering a patrol to check the stairways, [[ArtificialBrilliance which is the only way]] for Cortez to get from floor to floor. However, you do get a weapon that allows Cortez to disable all electricity-based tech, ''at the very beginning of the level.''
** *** Oh, and watch out for the laser tripwires, thumbprint scanners, random engineers, and security robots. If you can't kill a guard or engineer quickly after you're spotted, [[OhCrap security is summoned.]] [[FromBadToWorse And they're armed with semiautomatics.]]
** Similarly, in ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters 2'', ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters2'', [[ThatOneLevel NeoTokyo]] is rife with security cameras. You have to shoot them down without drawing attention to yourself. If you decide to [[VideogameCrueltyPotential shoot any civilians]], then Riot Police are called out to deal with you, and [[VideogameCrueltyPunishment you are informed that you failed the level.]]
27th Aug '16 1:33:35 PM dracogeorge
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** Considering that the cameras are in areas filled with violent, often armed, prisoners and Batman, they may not want to risk losing guards by sending out a group to repair the cameras.
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