Guest Post: How to Protect Your Camera Gear from Theft

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A photo of a Voigtlander Vito II camera with a 8-speed Prontor-S shutter model made in 1954. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you’re a budding photographer or seasoned artist, going on holiday is often the perfect opportunity to take unforgettable and beautiful photographs. However, when you’re on holiday you don’t want to be worrying about having your precious camera gear stolen, which is why we’ve come up with a list of ways to protect your valuable possessions.

1. Pay attention to your surroundings
Unfortunately, no matter where you are in the world, you risk the chance of having your possessions stolen. That’s why it’s of paramount importance to pay attention to your surroundings. Keep an eye out for anyone who might be casting you lingering looks, or gazing at your camera. It’s also a good idea to discover where the local police station is, so that if the unfortunate happens you’ll be prepared to seek the right authority on the matter, and not be left in the dark. As long as you’re vigilant, you improve the chances of having your possessions remain yours.

2. Invest in camera safety equipment
A great way to make sure your camera doesn’t get stolen is to buy a camera strap and attack it around your neck at all times. Many cameras also come with a wrist strap which you can fasten around yourself, ensuring contact with your camera gear at all times. Other alternatives are shoulder straps, which serve the purpose of a neck strap too.

3. Leave your camera in a secure location
If you decide to leave your camera and go exploring without it, make sure you deposit it in a safe location. Many hotel rooms have their own private safes which you can set a password for; this will ensure that only you and whoever is travelling with you can access its contents. Your concierge should also be able to look after your possessions for a time if you ask.

How to Travel Safely

4. Don’t draw attention to yourself
Although it may seem like an obvious one, don’t draw attention to yourself. Professional thieves will be able to see if you are a tourist, and this will make them more likely to target you. There are ways to make sure you appear inconspicuous though, such as neglecting to wear bright colours and not making loud noises.

Amy Labbadia is a travel writer for the luxury tour operator Wanderforth.

Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  Now living in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today. Follow this link to read more of his work on Huffington Post and Examiner.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

One thought on “Guest Post: How to Protect Your Camera Gear from Theft

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