How To Stop Camera Equipment Being Stolen When Travelling?

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Mark, May 23, 2006.

  1. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Hi all

    I have the urge to travel a bit, however I am concerned about being able to
    prevent my camera equipment, money and passport being stolen. Everything
    else (even though it will be annoying) will be replaceable, but these won't.

    The plan is to keep those items with me at all times, although this is
    wishful thinking as there are probably going to be times when I will not be
    able to so, such as when asleep in an insecure place.

    I have seen some fantastic photos from great photographers, however it seems
    that quite a high percentage of them have had their camera equipment stolen
    at some time.

    Of course, insurance can cover the costs of replacing equipment, but they
    can't replace your photos.

    So, any tips?
     
    Mark, May 23, 2006
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  2. Mark

    ASAAR Guest

    Wear something to bed that has a secure (button/zipper) pocket
    large enough to hold a very small card case or wallet. Or attach
    the case/wallet to a strap attached to an ankle bracelet. Or (since
    the case/wallet should be very small, find a good place to hide it.
    If you forget it, leaving the case behind, don't blame me! :)

    You could also bring along a small portable CD burner (standalone
    - no computer needed) designed to save the contents of photo cards.
    After making two CD copies, keep one in your luggage and mail the
    other to your home address. As you stated, photo hardware is
    replaceable, but with proper care, photo image gems are forever.
     
    ASAAR, May 23, 2006
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  3. Mark

    ASAAR Guest

    What???

    Oh, never mind. I thought you said orifices.

    :)
     
    ASAAR, May 23, 2006
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  4. Mark

    Celcius Guest

    Hi Mark!

    This what I do: I bought a camera packsack. Eveyone wears a packsack these
    days, even in Europe. I went to Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Turkey... in
    the bus, subway, train, everyone carries some sort of packsack. So it's not
    identified as "photographic equipment". Be sure your packsack is also
    secured around you waist. Some people come around with a sharp knife and
    grab. If you have both straps on your shoulders and also tied around your
    waist, it becomes too complicated...
    For your other precious belongings, buy a pouch that you put under your
    shirt around your neck. When you're alone, slip a few bills in your pockets.
    I put my passports,(when I can't leave them in a secure place in the hotel
    or I need it to get some money changed), money and credit cards there.
    Take care,
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, May 23, 2006
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  5. Mark

    AZ Nomad Guest

    Don't leave your equipment unattended.
     
    AZ Nomad, May 23, 2006
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  6. What do you consider an "insecure" place? You're thinking airplanes
    and trains, I guess. Is a hotel room secure when you're in it by your
    standards?
    I've had my cameras stolen once -- out of my locked home. Never lost
    a piece of photo gear on the road.
    This is an area where digital shines. Burn multiple CDs, carry one
    set separate from your camera equipment, mail the other set home.
    Situational awareness and strong straps. It matters a good bit
    whether you're going to Paris or Beirut, too.
     
    David Dyer-Bennet, May 23, 2006
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  7. Mark

    PTravel Guest

    I travel extensively with my VX2000 camcorder, 10D camera and a whole lot of
    support electronics, including a laptop. I've never had anything stolen.

    I do _not_ carry my passport with me when I'm out and about. It's far too
    easy to lose or have stolen. The hotels I stay in have room safes, and I've
    them to be quite secure. If there is no room safe, I'd leave the passport
    and any other valuables with the hotel desk to be locked in the hotel safe.
    I have also, on occassion, locked up my passport and extra money in the TUMI
    carryon that I always take.

    When I'm outside, I use a wallet that is worn inside my trousers, with a
    loop that goes through my belt. I only carry credit cards and cash that I
    plan on needing that day, along with an ATM card. I carry a _photocopy_ of
    my passport.

    My camera gear never leaves my possession. The camera straps are worn
    bandolier-style and I keep my hands on the cameras when I'm in an iffy area.
    I use a LowePro backpack, in which I keep support gear, a sweater, an
    umbrella, etc. If I'm in a restaurant, I keep it between my legs, with a
    leg of the chair through one of the straps. Otherwise, it does not leave my
    hands, unless it is checked at a museum and I receive a receipt for it.

    I do burn my stills to CD every night, not because I'm concerned about
    theft, but to ensure that I have backups of the data.

    I've travelled throughout Europe, Asia and North Africa with no problems
    whatsoever, though it is a good idea to be familiar with the usual
    tourist-targetting scams.

    In what "insecure places" are you planning to sleep?
     
    PTravel, May 23, 2006
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  8. Mark

    Matt Ion Guest

    Get a bunch of body piercings... install rings... chain equipment to
    said rings.


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    Matt Ion, May 24, 2006
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  9. Some people come around with a sharp knife and grab. If you have bothwaist, it becomes too complicated...

    We did have a friend, though, who was clutching her purse on a bus in Rome,
    and someone slit open the bottom of the purse and removed valuables while
    she was holding it tight.
     
    Douglas W Hoyt, May 24, 2006
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  10. Mark

    snapper Guest

    Keep a pair of very soiled underpants on top of your case.
     
    snapper, May 24, 2006
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  11. Mark

    nailer Guest

    your problem is not related to equipment but people you mix with.
    my 20 yo daughter travelled Us, Europe and still has her camera.



    #Hi all
    #
    #I have the urge to travel a bit, however I am concerned about being
    able to
    #prevent my camera equipment, money and passport being stolen.
    Everything
    #else (even though it will be annoying) will be replaceable, but these
    won't.
    #
    #The plan is to keep those items with me at all times, although this
    is
    #wishful thinking as there are probably going to be times when I will
    not be
    #able to so, such as when asleep in an insecure place.
    #
    #I have seen some fantastic photos from great photographers, however
    it seems
    #that quite a high percentage of them have had their camera equipment
    stolen
    #at some time.
    #
    #Of course, insurance can cover the costs of replacing equipment, but
    they
    #can't replace your photos.
    #
    #So, any tips?
    #
    #
     
    nailer, May 24, 2006
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  12. Mark

    nailer Guest

    before we leave home, I create pdf files of all documents, tickets,
    etc and keep them on a memory stick (in a pocket).
     
    nailer, May 24, 2006
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  13. Mark

    nailer Guest

    not viable for 8 MP digital camera and high quality jpegs. I had a
    laptop and separate 2.5"HD. After 1 months overseas I had more than
    500 pics plus films. We stayed in hostels, but we chose double room.
    More expensive but more secure. Luggage hardwired to a water pipe or a
    heater.
    Be careful in many countries - street violence, robberies. Universal -
    US, some parts of Europe, South America.

    On 23 May 2006 15:30:03 -0700, "Shaun Eli"

    #Stop at an internet cafe every day and email your photos to yourself.
    #
    #Shaun Eli
    #www.BrainChampagne.com
    #Brain Champagne: Clever Comedy for Smart Minds (sm)
     
    nailer, May 24, 2006
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  14. Thank heavens I kept my little Coolpix when I bought my DSLR.

    Dennis
     
    Dennis Pogson, May 24, 2006
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  15. Mark

    Celcius Guest

    Doug,

    Right you are.
    The other thing is to watch one another (spouse, friend). When we walk on
    the street, we pay attentiion on who's following, using show windows or
    stopping on some pretext. Mind you, one shouldn't become obsessed. Shit
    happens. If it does, be sure you have some back-up (copies of phone numbers,
    passports, etc.)
    Marcel
     
    Celcius, May 24, 2006
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  16. Mark

    ColinD Guest

    I create the pdf's, but I upload them to a Yahoo email account. I am
    able to access that from anywhere, and if perchance I am hospitalized or
    in a position not to be able to access the account myself, I can give
    someone the userID and password to retrieve them for me. Memory sticks
    can get lost as well as the original docos.

    Colin D.

    *** ***
     
    ColinD, May 24, 2006
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    tjab Guest

    Of course, insurance can cover the costs of replacing equipment, but they
    If you leave your camera for any length of time, take out the memory card
    and keep it on your person. For extra protection, use several smaller
    memory cards instead of one big one.
     
    tjab, May 24, 2006
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  18. Mark

    Don Wiss Guest

    The problem with that is postcards have gone down hill over the years. You
    used to be able to get a picture on one side, with a description on the
    back. Now almost all have plastered across the picture what the picture is
    of.

    Don <www.donwiss.com/pictures/> (e-mail link at page bottoms).
     
    Don Wiss, May 24, 2006
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  19. Mark

    Mark Guest

    Hello 'nailer'

    Absolutely. So, how did you hard wire your gear to a fixed source?
     
    Mark, May 24, 2006
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  20. In a restaurant, when you put your gear down, put it in front of you
    That's right. The one time I got ripped off a girl selling flowers at a
    sidewalk restaurant lingered too long at a neighboring table, so that the
    waiter came over to chase her out, which resulted in a screaming match.
    Then, a woman came along and shoved a flower in my face to rivet my
    attention, and at that moment an accomplice must have come from the booth
    behind and grabbed my bag which was on the bench next to me (which I had
    figured was safe since it was between me and the wall), but it was not
    strapped around my leg. I have to admire the great theatre and flawless
    execution of it all, though.
     
    Douglas W Hoyt, May 25, 2006
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