Watch your Gear – Thieves in Russia Steal Photographer’s Lens Off His Camera
Many of us travel, sometimes for work and sometimes as a tourist, but one thing I’m sure most of our readers have in common is that no matter where you travel, a camera is coming with you. This video serves as a sobering reminder that at any given time as a photographer in public you have hundreds if not thousands of dollars of equipment by your side, and as you can see this proves to be very temping for thieves with some skill in deception.
So how can a theft like this be avoided? I can think of a few ways.
1) Carry your camera by your side, not your neck. In the video we can clearly see that the photographer was distracted by the crowd and didn’t notice/feel the lens being removed from his camera from a simple press of a button and turn. By holding the camera in such a way that someone can’t do this as obviously, like by holding the grip in your hand by your side, you’ll be able to tell when someone else is trying to mess with it.
2) Cover the lens lock button with electrical tape. This will make it less discoverable, and harder to press down all the way, giving you some time to realize what’s going on.
3) When confronted by a large group at once, secure equipment. At this point it doesn’t matter how paranoid you look, in a lot of tourist areas it’s common practice for thieves to overwhelm a victim by quickly surrounding them in a group. If you find this happening, shield that camera like your own child and move to a safe location.
4) Get insured. These things will ultimately happen and sometimes it’s unavoidable, making sure you’re covered will take a lot of stress out of the situation.
Have any of your own theft stories or tips to share? Let me know in the comments!