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21st Jun '18 3:54:19 PM eroock
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Of course, even a good camera system can be useless if you've employed a SurveillanceStationSlacker to monitor it.

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Of course, even a good camera system can be useless if you've employed a SurveillanceStationSlacker to monitor it.
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18th Jun '18 3:17:52 AM StFan
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[[folder:{{Film}}]]
* Joe Darley, Nick Hume's son's murderer in ''Film/DeathSentence'' would probably have gotten a much larger sentence, thus preventing the plot of the movie, if the gas station's camera at the scene of the crime was working.

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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Joe Darley, Nick Hume's son's murderer In ''ComicStrip/BusStop'', Jason tries to find someone that he knew rode on a specific bus on a specific date, so he gets in ''Film/DeathSentence'' would probably have gotten a much larger sentence, thus preventing touch with the plot of bus company to try to look at their security camera footage. Turns out the movie, bus camera only turns on if the gas station's camera at driver activates the scene of the crime emergency switch. No emergencies happened in that particular bus on that particular date, so there was working.no footage to see.



[[folder:{{Literature}}]]
* In ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', the first murder is caught on CCTV, but a key event in the lead-up to it, vital to figuring out who did it and why, occurred just outside the camera's field of view.

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* In ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', Joe Darley, Nick Hume's son's murderer in ''Film/DeathSentence'' would probably have gotten a much larger sentence, thus preventing the first murder is caught on CCTV, but a key event in plot of the lead-up to it, vital to figuring out who did it and why, occurred just outside movie, if the camera's field gas station's camera at the scene of view.the crime was working.



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* In ''Literature/RiversOfLondon'', the first murder is caught on CCTV, but a key event in the lead-up to it, vital to figuring out who did it and why, occurred just outside the camera's field of view.
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[[folder:NewspaperComics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BusStop'', Jason tries to find someone that he knew rode on a specific bus on a specific date, so he gets in touch with the bus company to try to look at their security camera footage. Turns out the bus camera only turns on if the driver activates the emergency switch. No emergencies happened in that particular bus on that particular date, so there was no footage to see.

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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''ComicStrip/BusStop'', Jason tries to find someone that he knew rode on a specific bus on a specific date, so he gets in touch with the bus company to try to look at their ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'': The security camera footage. Turns out cameras draw cops to the bus camera only turns on if the driver activates the emergency switch. No emergencies happened in heisters that particular bus they watch as long as they are active, but are effectively useless at spotting heisters in stealth. ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' subverts it: security cameras take time to spot heisters and break stealth, during which the targeted heister can just move out of the way or duck behind cover. The basic security cameras are easy to destroy, which will be picked up on that particular date, so there was no by guards but also make great guard lures. However, the Titan Camera on Mayhem difficulty and above [[MadeOfIron are indestructible]].
* ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'': Destroying the security
footage makes all cameras in the level inactive, meaning they no longer spot you and lower your score. The Latter is Completely averted when playing on Professional Mode however, which allows cameras to see.alert nearby guards if you trespass, often prompting the player to restart.



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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'': The security cameras draw cops to the heisters that they watch as long as they are active, but are effectively useless at spotting heisters in stealth. ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' subverts it: security cameras take time to spot heisters and break stealth, during which the targeted heister can just move out of the way or duck behind cover. The basic security cameras are easy to destroy, which will be picked up on by guards but also make great guard lures. However, the Titan Camera on Mayhem difficulty and above [[MadeOfIron are indestructible]].
* ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'': Destroying the security footage makes all cameras in the level inactive, meaning they no longer spot you and lower your score. The Latter is Completely averted when playing on Professional Mode however, which allows cameras to alert nearby guards if you trespass, often prompting the player to restart.



[[folder:WebComics]]
* Averted in ''BloodandSmoke''. During the first chapter Carson asks Hardigan to check footage from working security cameras.

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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Averted in ''BloodandSmoke''. ''Webcomic/BloodAndSmoke''. During the first chapter chapter, Carson asks Hardigan to check footage from working security cameras.



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[[folder: RealLife]]
* Common in Real Life. Many retail stores use dummy cameras to discourage criminals, but these are usually in tandem with a few working ones. In fact, the reason why most in-store CCTV footage is crap and blurry grainy is that the store owners are cheapskates who are recycling the same batch of video cassettes over and over again until they're over-recorded so often they are literally worn out.
** The strategy is to put at least one fake camera (sometimes nothing more than a plastic shell) in plain sight where everybody and their grandma has no choice but to see it at least once while they're in the store. Then, with that as a distraction and/or deterrent, a number of cleverly hidden cameras watch you completely out of sight and mind. It's expensive, but annual losses from stolen merchandise and/or vandalism can potentially be cut by thousands.

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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Common in Real Life. Many retail stores use dummy cameras to discourage criminals, but these are usually in tandem with a few working ones. In fact, the reason why most in-store CCTV footage is crap and blurry grainy is that the store owners are cheapskates who are recycling the same batch of video cassettes over and over again until they're over-recorded so often they are literally worn out.
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out. The strategy is to put at least one fake camera (sometimes nothing more than a plastic shell) in plain sight where everybody and their grandma has no choice but to see it at least once while they're in the store. Then, with that as a distraction and/or deterrent, a number of cleverly hidden cameras watch you completely out of sight and mind. It's expensive, but annual losses from stolen merchandise and/or vandalism can potentially be cut by thousands.



** The UK also experimented with Automatic Numberplate Recognition cameras on city streets, but initial hopes of using them to crack down on uninsured drivers and other low-grade motoring offences were thwarted when the police discovered that nearly one car in ten was being flagged up. Even if the OCR technology or the Police National Computer's records were 100% reliable and accurate, and even the finest systems that money can buy throw up false positives every so often, actually reacting to the information received would have been like trying to bail out the sea. The ANPR cameras are now only used to look for vehicles that have been reported stolen or in connection to another offence.
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** * The UK also experimented with Automatic Numberplate Recognition cameras on city streets, but initial hopes of using them to crack down on uninsured drivers and other low-grade motoring offences were thwarted when the police discovered that nearly one car in ten was being flagged up. Even if the OCR technology or the Police National Computer's records were 100% reliable and accurate, and even the finest systems that money can buy throw up false positives every so often, actually reacting to the information received would have been like trying to bail out the sea. The ANPR cameras are now only used to look for vehicles that have been reported stolen or in connection to another offence.
* The poster image for InsecurityCamera
offence.



* The background to the TV drama ''Hot Money'' was a real-life case at a backwater, relatively low-security, outstation of the Bank of England where old time-served banknotes were stored prior to destruction. The cleaning staff discovered a security gap they could exploit - as even bank vaults need to be hoovered and duste, and who really watches lowly menials like cleaners? In the storage areas, one of the two cleaners innocently chose to give the security camera a quick dust and a polish of the camera lens. That's their job, right? While Cleaner A was polishing the lens of the camera with a cloth, and blocking its view of what else was going on whilst merely doing her job, cleaner B was stuffing thousands of pounds worth of five and ten pound notes into the black bin-bag attached to her trolley. (As the notes were recalls which were intended for destruction in an incinerator, no accurate count or check was made of them: this became pretty much the perfect crime in RealLife, and was only discovered because one of the perpetrators was busted for an entirely different offence).

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* The background to the TV drama ''Hot Money'' was a real-life case at a backwater, relatively low-security, outstation of the Bank of England where old time-served banknotes were stored prior to destruction. The cleaning staff discovered a security gap they could exploit - -- as even bank vaults need to be hoovered and duste, and who really watches lowly menials like cleaners? In the storage areas, one of the two cleaners innocently chose to give the security camera a quick dust and a polish of the camera lens. That's their job, right? While Cleaner A was polishing the lens of the camera with a cloth, and blocking its view of what else was going on whilst merely doing her job, cleaner B was stuffing thousands of pounds worth of five and ten pound notes into the black bin-bag attached to her trolley. (As the notes were recalls which were intended for destruction in an incinerator, no accurate count or check was made of them: this became pretty much the perfect crime in RealLife, and was only discovered because one of the perpetrators was busted for an entirely different offence).
21st Apr '18 6:35:25 PM Ninamarie124
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21st Mar '18 9:36:37 AM Dribbleondo
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* ''VideoGame/Hitman2016'': Destroying the security footage makes all cameras in the level inactive, meaning they no longer spot you and lower your score. The Latter is Completely averted when playing on Professional Mode however, which allows cameras to alert nearby guards if you trespass, often prompting the player to restart.
27th Feb '18 1:10:06 AM BreakinBenny
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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'': The security cameras draw cops to the heisters that they watch as long as they are active, but are effectively useless at spotting heisters in stealth. ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' subverts it: security cameras take time to spot heisters and break stealth, during which the targeted heister can just move out of the way. The basic security cameras are easy to destroy, which will be picked up on by guards but also make great guard lures. However, the Titan Camera on Death Wish is invulnerable to damage.

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* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'': The security cameras draw cops to the heisters that they watch as long as they are active, but are effectively useless at spotting heisters in stealth. ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY 2}}'' subverts it: security cameras take time to spot heisters and break stealth, during which the targeted heister can just move out of the way.way or duck behind cover. The basic security cameras are easy to destroy, which will be picked up on by guards but also make great guard lures. However, the Titan Camera on Death Wish is invulnerable to damage.Mayhem difficulty and above [[MadeOfIron are indestructible]].
12th Aug '17 9:39:54 AM BKelly95
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* An episode of ''Series/NashBridges'' had Harvey and Evan show up a little too late to prevent a murder and the suspect making a clean getaway. However, Harvey spots a security camera and says they can use the tape to finger their suspect. When reporting their findings to Nash, Harvey reveals that the camera was only hooked up to a monitor and there's no tape to review.
7th Jun '17 10:19:46 AM nielas
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* Subverted on ''Series/AmericanGods2017''. In a flashback, Shadow tries to cheat in a casino but is warned by Laura to walk away before the casino has him arrested. He though that he positioned himself in a spot where the security cameras could not see him but those were the cameras he was meant to spot. He missed a number of other hidden cameras who were recording everything he did and various casino patrons around him were actually casino staff observing him.
21st Apr '17 6:09:26 AM CosmicFerret
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** DoubleSubverted in one ''LawAndOrder'' episode, in which a store camera is both active and shows the killer dragging his victims to where he kills them. The only reason it doesn't get used is because the killer had the video and the trick police used to stall him so he couldn't destroy the evidence before a search warrant arrived was more than the judge was willing to let slide.

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** DoubleSubverted in one ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' episode, in which a store camera is both active and shows the killer dragging his victims to where he kills them. The only reason it doesn't get used is because the killer had the video and the trick police used to stall him so he couldn't destroy the evidence before a search warrant arrived was more than the judge was willing to let slide.
27th Mar '17 1:59:16 AM AgProv
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* The background to the TV drama ''Hot Money'' was a real-life case at a backwater, relatively low-security, outstation of the Bank of England where old time-served banknotes were stored prior to destruction. The cleaning staff discovered a security gap they could exploit - as even bank vaults need to be hoovered and duste, and who really watches lowly menials like cleaners? In the storage areas, one of the two cleaners innocently chose to give the security camera a quick dust and a polish of the camera lens. That's their job, right?
While Cleaner A was polishing the lens of the camera with a cloth, and blocking its view of what else was going on whilst merely doing her job, cleaner B was stuffing thousands of pounds worth of five and ten pound notes into the black bin-bag attached to her trolley. (As the notes were recalls which were intended for destruction in an incinerator, no accurate count or check was made of them: this became pretty much the perfect crime in RealLife, and was only discovered because one of the perpetrators was busted for an entirely different offence).

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* The background to the TV drama ''Hot Money'' was a real-life case at a backwater, relatively low-security, outstation of the Bank of England where old time-served banknotes were stored prior to destruction. The cleaning staff discovered a security gap they could exploit - as even bank vaults need to be hoovered and duste, and who really watches lowly menials like cleaners? In the storage areas, one of the two cleaners innocently chose to give the security camera a quick dust and a polish of the camera lens. That's their job, right?
right? While Cleaner A was polishing the lens of the camera with a cloth, and blocking its view of what else was going on whilst merely doing her job, cleaner B was stuffing thousands of pounds worth of five and ten pound notes into the black bin-bag attached to her trolley. (As the notes were recalls which were intended for destruction in an incinerator, no accurate count or check was made of them: this became pretty much the perfect crime in RealLife, and was only discovered because one of the perpetrators was busted for an entirely different offence).
27th Mar '17 1:58:32 AM AgProv
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* Creator/{{BBC}} TV drama ''Hot Money'' was about a group of cleaners who plotted to rob an outstation of the Royal Mint where they worked. The scam involved disabling security cameras whilst notes destined for destruction were stolen from the vault where they awaited incineration. See Real life, below.


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* The background to the TV drama ''Hot Money'' was a real-life case at a backwater, relatively low-security, outstation of the Bank of England where old time-served banknotes were stored prior to destruction. The cleaning staff discovered a security gap they could exploit - as even bank vaults need to be hoovered and duste, and who really watches lowly menials like cleaners? In the storage areas, one of the two cleaners innocently chose to give the security camera a quick dust and a polish of the camera lens. That's their job, right?
While Cleaner A was polishing the lens of the camera with a cloth, and blocking its view of what else was going on whilst merely doing her job, cleaner B was stuffing thousands of pounds worth of five and ten pound notes into the black bin-bag attached to her trolley. (As the notes were recalls which were intended for destruction in an incinerator, no accurate count or check was made of them: this became pretty much the perfect crime in RealLife, and was only discovered because one of the perpetrators was busted for an entirely different offence).
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