Ep 161: How to protect your gear from getting stolen

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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Show notes

Shoutouts

Peter Foote

Jess

Make sure you get insurance

Write down serial numbers

If your camera/lens is stolen and you can’t find the serial number check exif data in files.
It includes serial number

Prevention

Video security systems
Nest Cam

  • 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

Good lighting

Lock gear in a steel box bolted to floor and hidden.

Travel/street photography

  • 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

https://www.garyfong.com/products/gearguard-camera-body-lock

https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/cheap-ring-guards-against-gear-theft/

https://www.bagworld.com.au/shop/brands/pacsafe-exomesh-series-anti-theft-backpack-and-ba/

  • 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?

Travel safes

TSA Approved locks

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

 

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