Protecting the tools of your trade is vital when you’re a photographer. Regardless of how much experience you have, your gear is vital.
Gina and Valerie discuss what you need to do to ensure that your equipment is protected and insured. But also reveal tips and hacks you can use to keep your stuff safe.
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Make sure you get insurance
Write down serial numbers
Video security systems
- streams video of your front door to your smart phone anywhere in the world
- allows you to answer the door via speaker
- records video of who is at the door and stores it as high def video (for a fee)
Good locks and security screens/grills
Lock gear in a steel box bolted to floor and hidden.
- Cover badges of your camera with tape so it looks less flashy
- Take less gear
- Buddy system – always have someone minding your gear
- Don’t unpack or pack gear in the street
- Cover gear in the car with a blanket
- Back up cards to min 2 hard drives and store each drive away from your kit
- Anti theft devices for cameras
- Steel mesh lock system for bags
- Engrave your name and mobile on your gear
- Or a tag with these details
- Car alarms
- Gear alarms http://www.toolguard.com/
GPS tracking tags – do they work?
Carry gear in old bag
Hide labels on your camera
When unloading the car
- Park in a busy street that is well lit
- Cover gear
- Hide business cards and signage.
- Having photo on your number plate or side of the car is just inviting trouble
- Don’t load/unload gear on the street
- Bolt steel boxes into boot or floor of SUV
Locks and cables