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Getting Robbed - Worried :(

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1. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

I recently bought a NEW digi slr camera worth a fair bit - I'm a bit concerned about taking it travelling now. So many people keep posting threads about how dangerous South America is and how likely it is I will get robbed.
I also own a smaller Canon digi worth less would I be better off taking the smaller one instead?
I have bought insurance to cover both cameras.
Anyone have any advice?

2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

As a Photographer i normally carry around my expensive gear and till now without any problems.

Before i visited India i was off course worried about this to so i looked also for some tips and this is what i did.

First get rid of your camera strap that says CANON EOS DIGITAL. Of course you found out by now that the strap is not that nice any ways so get something that doesn't scream steal me :)
I got myself a nice Tamrac strap with nice padding for the shoulder and i payed less then $10 for it.

Second don't use those typical camera bags. When i went to India i had my gear in a normal day pack (small backpack).

Get a cable lock. That way you can lock your gear to something like a radiator a bed or something else, it makes it a bit more difficult to steal.

And my last tip. get some black insulation tape and cover some of the brand labeling like 350D and digital. I even but some small parts on canon so that it just didn't look like a new camera. And when you come back it's very easy to remove

So that is what you can do with your gear.

Then of course i would say be careful and don't go sit in the open to go check all your photo's on you LCD.

Hope it helps.


3. Posted by Kristo (Full Member 58 posts) 11y

Thanks that's such a good idea about covering the obvious brand name stickers with something! COOL...
I did think about the strap - I've actually turned it inside out so the 'EOS Digital' isn't facing outwards for people to see - I might also look at getting a different strap too.
Thanks for the brilliant tips!
Cheers Kristy :)

4. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y

In the closet of your home, the camera will be so usefull as if it has been robed. To me, it is a philosophical thing.

5. Posted by jonc (Budding Member 28 posts) 11y

i've just bought something called a pacsafe . Its basically a wire mesh that fits over your camera bag, and you can secure it to anything! I read about it in a camera magazine. It's quite expensive - 45 pounds (UK), but whats 45 pounds if your camera equipment is worth thousands!


6. Posted by The Savage (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Pacsafe make a whole range of secure travel luggage, including their famous stainless steel mesh nets to fit over your backpack.

I also travel with a pacsafe money belt, pacsafe bumbag, and pacsafe slashproof, secure daypack. That is why I rarely need to use my backpack cover... all my valuables stay in my secure daypack! My backpack is generaly just full of smelly, dirty clothes...

Good luck!

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