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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).
7th Sep '16 1:07:07 AM Morgenthaler
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* In one episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', [[AmericanLawEnforcement DEA Agent]] Hank Schrader is trying to interrogate a gas station clerk to find out who sold her some meth. When he finally realizes she knows nothing, he looks up and asks if the security camera is regularly on. It isn't.

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* In one episode of ''Series/BreakingBad'', [[AmericanLawEnforcement [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement DEA Agent]] Hank Schrader is trying to interrogate a gas station clerk to find out who sold her some meth. When he finally realizes she knows nothing, he looks up and asks if the security camera is regularly on. It isn't.
21st Jun '16 2:27:02 PM Chabal2
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* One African expedition claimed to have found and filmed a mokele-mbembe (a sauropod-like cryptid)... too bad they forgot to take the cap off the lens while filming.
15th Jun '16 10:42:26 AM REV6Pilot
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* ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY}}'': 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/{{PAYDAY}}'': ''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.
15th Jun '16 10:41:44 AM REV6Pilot
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* Payday: 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.
* Payday2: Subverted. Security cameras take time to spot heisters and break stealth, during which the heister can just move out of the way. The basic security cameras are easy to destroy, which will be picked up by guards but make great guard lures. However, the Titan Camera on Death Wish is invulnerable to damage.

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* Payday: ''VideoGame/{{PAYDAY}}'': 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.
* Payday2: Subverted. Security
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.
8th May '16 6:17:11 AM Morgenthaler
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* Also happens in ''LawAndOrder'' and its subseries.

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* Also happens in ''LawAndOrder'' ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and its subseries.



* In an episode of ''ATouchOfFrost'', Frost asks Toolan if he managed to get the evidence from the camera for a murder that had happened in an alley, only to be told that it was facing the wrong way.

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* In an episode of ''ATouchOfFrost'', ''Series/ATouchOfFrost'', Frost asks Toolan if he managed to get the evidence from the camera for a murder that had happened in an alley, only to be told that it was facing the wrong way.



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16th Nov '15 4:40:40 PM PaulM
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* Averted in ''BloodandSmoke''. During the first chapter Carson asks Hardigan to check footage from working security cameras.
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