5 Ways to Prevent Camera Theft
A couple DSLR’s, a few lenses and some great shots can quickly equal vehicle prices. The difference being – vehicles are much more difficult to steal. Cameras on the other hand can be slashed, yanked, and pick pocketed in a blink of an eye. Here are five of the most common ways cameras are stolen and ways to prevent their forced change of ownership.
Opportunistic theft (car and hotel)
Perhaps the most common way anything is stolen is by opportunity; a car parked in a dark alleyway, a weak hostel door lock, or unguarded equipment in a public space. It’s a shame that thieves will break car windows, pick doors, and even snatch your items in public, but even still, your camera can be safe and sound. Use a Pacsafe® C35L Camera Bag Protector and lock your equipment to your steering wheel, a sturdy pipe in your hotel room, or to a chair. The mesh wiring will prevent your camera from being exposed to the outer world and the locks will keep the package from going anywhere without a key.
Camera straps with big yellow letters that say “NIKON D600” are hot targets for slashing. First off, they indicate that a $5 strap is holding $2000 camera and a $500 lens. Second, the yellow NIKON logo signifies that the strap is very easy to cut. Third, the stock strap screams inexperience with an expensive camera. Our advice: ditch the “steal me” sign and switch out for an inconspicuous black Pacsafe® Carrysafe™ 100. The metal wiring will deter a slash-and-go while the dark colors will keep you looking like a doe eyed tourist.
Stolen from luggage
It’s amazing how much is stolen from checked luggage each year. Recently, a TSA employee admitted to stealing $800,000 USD in electronics and other goods from luggage in transit. In an interview with him, he unveiled that theft from TSA is commonplace – some TSA employees even brag among themselves on what they’ve taken! The defense? Defensive luggage like the Toursafe™ series. With the ToughZip™ zippers to keep out people from poking into your luggage, and eXomesh® wiring to protect against slashes, this series is designed for one thing: giving you peace of mind when traveling.
Pick pocketed (Len’s Detachment)
Lens detachment is a very common pick pocketing method in crowded public areas. Lenses are designed to slip on and off a camera easily and efficiently and if you’re anything like us, we take great pride in the glass we use. Protect your lenses by keeping your camera inside a sling bag like theCamsafe™ V12. When not in use, simply slip into your sling bag, and when a shot opportunity arises, your camera is still at your side.
Expensive camera bags scream “slash me” to thieves. The technique is simple – thieves know exactly where to slash to get the good stuff. Too high and all they might get is a pack of gum but just a little lower and both your DSLR’s and lenses falls out. Your defense: a slashproof bag with eXomesh® like the Camsafe™ V25. A thief’s knife doesn’t stand a chance to the metal wiring on the inside while the lockable zippers deter opportunistic thieves just enough to keep them on the run. This travel companion is meant for serious professional photographers who shoot in countries where theft is not a matter of if, but when.