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Does anyone know what's the exact effect of security cameras in the First World Bank mission? We played the mission with and without destroying the cameras, and we're not sure it's making a real difference. The Payday's wiki says this:

By the time you start heading to a room with a copier you probably have killed or tied up most of the bank security personnel and shoot some cameras to weaken future SWAT assaults on your team a bit.

But I doubt it. The only difference we noticed is that only two elevators' doors will open if you destroy the four cameras in the security hall. If you don't, the four gates will open.

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I noticed that the cameras in Diamond Heist seems way more effective. When you destroy them, cops take a lot of time to find you during assaults. – Anto Dec 12 '11 at 13:01
This is an excellent question. I'll need to do some research on this. – Steve V. Feb 16 '12 at 14:57
Thanks! I've already done some, but couldn't find anything interesting. I think the best solution so far remains to ask it directly to the dev team :/ – Anto Feb 16 '12 at 16:16
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The Payday's wiki now has more information about security cameras in general (and I confirm that from my own observations):

Destroying the cameras will "Reduce police intel" on your team, which will make it harder for the police to group up and find your squad, as they are forced to spread out and search for you. More often than not, if you or your team is within viewing distance of a camera, they will home in on you directly.

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