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5th Feb '16 8:47:31 AM eroock
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Breaking into a secret installation ought to be the hardest thing in the world - even if you can [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy bamboozle the guards]] and outfox the dogs there's still the thorny problem of the security cameras. Or there ''ought'' to be the thorny problem of the security cameras, but it seems that every high-security base, whether it's run by terrorists, the Government or a DiabolicalMastermind, buys its security cameras from the same crummy factory.
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Breaking into a secret installation ought to be the hardest thing in the world - even if you can [[TheGuardsMustBeCrazy bamboozle the guards]] and outfox the dogs AngryGuardDog there's still the thorny problem of the security cameras. Or there ''ought'' to be the thorny problem of the security cameras, but it seems that every high-security base, whether it's run by terrorists, the Government or a DiabolicalMastermind, buys its security cameras from the same crummy factory.
23rd Jan '16 11:29:42 PM Kurogane7
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* As of [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil2 Resident Evil 2]], we have the Licker. It is apparently smart enough to know the concept behind security cameras, and takes them out in its hunting ground.
12th Dec '15 5:37:01 PM nombretomado
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* No matter what the games do, the StarWars novels tend to avert this pretty cleanly (except when [[AWizardDidIt Jedi]] are involved, of course). ''[[XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', in particular, goes to major effort at times to disable them without alerting anyone (typically by intercepting the data-stream it should be sending and splicing in a loop of "normal" footage). Occasionally goes even farther - a web of security cams in ''Solo Command'' has a prominent gap in it, so the Wraiths [[GenreSavvy (rightfully) figure]] it's a trap, with hidden cameras covering the whole thing. And a villain in ''The Bacta War'' tries to get away by blowing out cameras along his path... so the guy in the security center just tracks him by what cameras stopped transmitting recently.
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* No matter what the games do, the StarWars novels tend to avert this pretty cleanly (except when [[AWizardDidIt Jedi]] are involved, of course). ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Wraith Squadron]]'', in particular, goes to major effort at times to disable them without alerting anyone (typically by intercepting the data-stream it should be sending and splicing in a loop of "normal" footage). Occasionally goes even farther - a web of security cams in ''Solo Command'' has a prominent gap in it, so the Wraiths [[GenreSavvy (rightfully) figure]] it's a trap, with hidden cameras covering the whole thing. And a villain in ''The Bacta War'' tries to get away by blowing out cameras along his path... so the guy in the security center just tracks him by what cameras stopped transmitting recently.
24th Nov '15 10:18:57 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip mocked these, with a fake security camera that is to be placed in the break room, so the engineers won't pilfer things, that is to be hidden so that the engineers won't know that the boss is pretending to watch them.
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** One ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip mocked these, with a fake security camera that is to be placed in the break room, so the engineers won't pilfer things, that is to be hidden so that the engineers won't know that the boss is pretending to watch them. Dilbert resolved this by throwing them in the trash.
19th Nov '15 6:58:54 PM pittsburghmuggle
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* Film/{{Chappie}}: It is even shown that the company ''has security cameras'', but no one seems to be interested in checking up on them, because to do so would negate a lot of plot.
16th Jul '15 2:45:57 AM jormis29
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* If 47 is spotted by a camera in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'', he gets a new task to go and get the security tapes to keep himself from being identifiable.
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* If 47 is spotted by a camera in ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'', ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', he gets a new task to go and get the security tapes to keep himself from being identifiable.
18th May '15 2:17:22 AM AgProv
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how to steal money from the mint...
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* Creator/{{BBC}}'s drama ''Hot Money'' was based on a real-life case where women working at a Bank of England depot which destroyed time-served bank-notes chose to reprieve old notes from the furnace and give them a new lease of life. Getting on for two or three million pounds in very old notes were diverted into caches and secret bank accounts before the Bank of England caught on. As cleaners were involved in the scam, they elected to clean the cameras and their lenses at just the right moment - thus blocking the shot whilst others behind them stole arm-loads of notes. All the camera saw at that moment would be a cleaner legitimately polishing the lens with a cloth.
6th May '15 1:59:21 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Ultimatum]]'' had Jason directing a target by cell phone through a train station keeping both of them hidden from the multiple security cameras (and government agents) watching them. It was implied to be part of his HyperAwareness that he was able to identify the blind spots of at least 10 cameras. It wasn't until his target panicked and broke out of the blind spot Jason set him on that the agents were able to track him.
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* ''[[Film/TheBourneSeries The Bourne Ultimatum]]'' ''Film/TheBourneUltimatum'' had Jason directing a target by cell phone through a train station keeping both of them hidden from the multiple security cameras (and government agents) watching them. It was implied to be part of his HyperAwareness that he was able to identify the blind spots of at least 10 cameras. It wasn't until his target panicked and broke out of the blind spot Jason set him on that the agents were able to track him.
2nd May '15 11:08:27 AM Morgenthaler
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Cut natter.
* In the 1999 remake of ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', there's a sequence near the beginning where a team of art thieves are performing an elaborate operation and one of them ends up dangling in full view of a security camera. This is seen in the main security room, but the person manning the cameras is catatonic and doesn't actually do anything in response. ** In the same film, an art museum had ''only'' infrared cameras protecting a Monet. Once the thieves disabled the air conditioning unit during a heat wave, it was useless. ** It's not just the camera to blame however but the entire team reviewing the footage. Rene Russo's character realizes that the temperature of the room was raised by a heater brought in earlier in the day but apparently never thinks to rewind the video to this point ''when it would have been able to record this happening''.
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* In the 1999 remake of ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair'', there's ''Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1999'': There's a sequence near the beginning where a team of art thieves are performing an elaborate operation and one of them ends up dangling in full view of a security camera. This is seen in the main security room, but the person manning the cameras is catatonic and doesn't actually do anything in response. ** In the same film, an art museum had ''only'' infrared cameras protecting a Monet. Once the thieves disabled the air conditioning unit during a heat wave, it was useless. ** It's not just the camera to blame however but the entire team reviewing the footage. Rene Russo's character realizes that the temperature of the room was raised by a heater brought in earlier in the day but apparently never thinks to rewind the video to this point ''when it would have been able to record this happening''.response.
13th Apr '15 11:16:20 AM nombretomado
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* ''DeadRising'' averts this; the Security Room (which serves as a safe haven amidst the ZombieApocalypse) has several monitors that are hooked up to the malls numerous security cameras. The camera feed not only helps the plot along at certain times, but they're also watched by Otis (a security guard) who contacts Frank to inform him of any survivors he's spotted hiding in the mall. However, the cameras are still not all-seeing, since there are several survivors and some boss fights that are not brought to your attention; you must find them yourself.
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* ''DeadRising'' ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' averts this; the Security Room (which serves as a safe haven amidst the ZombieApocalypse) has several monitors that are hooked up to the malls numerous security cameras. The camera feed not only helps the plot along at certain times, but they're also watched by Otis (a security guard) who contacts Frank to inform him of any survivors he's spotted hiding in the mall. However, the cameras are still not all-seeing, since there are several survivors and some boss fights that are not brought to your attention; you must find them yourself.
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