Camera Mounting - Ceiling Vs Wall?

We are having a debate about a half million dollar robbery. One of the specific issues challenged is the camera placement that delivers a poor angle of incident and level of detail on the thieves.

Carl retorted:

"Unless you want to really complicate the installation with low-hanging pendants, ceilings are the only place to mount cameras in most casino (and I'm sure other) applications. Wall mounts are typically not an option and in any case would likely be blocked from getting optimal views anyway."

What's your experience? When do you use ceiling vs wall mounts? What drives the decision of one versus the other?

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