|Basic (1 pt): You can cable tie hostages 75% faster.|
|Ace (3 pt): Increases your supply of cable ties from 2 to 6.|
Player can tie down civilians, and civilians only, by interacting with them while standing next to them. Civilians must be intimidated into lying down first by shouting at them or making noise with Control Freak skill. Tying down a civilian takes 2 seconds without this skill and 0.5 seconds with the basic version owned.
Tied civilians cannot move and, hence, cannot use their phones or panic buttons to raise the alarm. If a camera or any person spots a tied civilian, they will become alerted and attempt to raise the alarm.
Law enforcement will spend time and effort trying to free civilians. Tied civilians delay the assault waves. They can also be traded for players in custody between assault waves.
To tie a civilian, player needs to have at least one cable tie left. The cable tie is used up upon finishing the action and cannot be retrieved even if that civilian is subsequently killed or freed.
The basic form of this skill is not very useful on its own; with only two cable ties, it saves you only three seconds in total. Consider not getting it until you're ready to get the aced version as well.
The aced version is useful in two circumstances.
In heists (banks and jewelry stores) done in stealth mode, having a large number of cable ties may allow the team to tie down all the civilians in the shop. This removes the need to have someone nearby to intimidate the civilians on a regular basis to keep them from phoning for help and setting off the alarm. However, in such heists where civilians are close together, keeping them suppressed is typically easily done. The usefulness of additional cable ties in this case depends on how many civilians appear in areas outside the main area of the shop, such as on the street or in back rooms.
On loud heists, the aced version allows getting a much larger number of hostages and moving them to an area where they are not easy for law enforcement to free. This can considerably slow attacks by assault waves, making defense much easier.
To summarize, this skill is of particular value when:
- One is not playing with a full party (bots can't use cable ties), especially solo;
- When there are large number of spread-out civilians to keep track of (Mallcrasher, Nightclub, Diamond Store, GO Bank);
- When full control without constant attention is desired.
The alternative to the skill is simply to kill the civilians. This offers several advantages: it is done instantly, can be done at range and allows the body to be bagged and moved to a less visible location (as hostages often do not follow the heisters to their exact location), which is useful for stealth. The only disadvantages here are the cleaner cost and limited supply of body bags. When players first start playing, they have very little money compared to what they need to buy skills, weapons, mods, etc. Low-level heists also offer little reward and comparatively big cleaner costs. However, as players move through levels, the money problem becomes much less of an issue especially on heists with high payouts.
Thus, this skill may be of use to starting players who do not wish to cut on their income by killing civilians and often try to complete any of the establishment-robbing maps stealthily, especially when they do not have a full party or are playing solo.
- Before a patch that reduced the maximum cable tie count to 6, Cable Guy Aced used to give players 8 extra cables, up to a maximum of 10.