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I set up a Flipboard account this past week and while I was reading through the photography page I came across a good article by Peta Pixel on how to protect your camera gear from theft or damage. Some of us have made quite an investment in our kit so to see it walk off with someone else could be more than a bit stressful, it could impact your blog or your professional work until you can get your gear replaced. So here are a few tips to keep your investment as safe as possible:
- Check with your homeowners insurance to see if your gear is covered and also if it is covered off-site, meaning if your gear is stolen or damaged when you are not in your home will it be covered. The article Camera and Equipment Insurance on Photo.net gives a more detailed explanation of what to ask about when talking to your insurance agent.
- Register your camera & video equipment! You know that annoying postcard that comes in the box? Fill it out and send it in, or you can do it online here for Nikon, here for Canon, here for Olympus, and here for Sony. Some companies send out lists of stolen products to known dealers and repair centers.
- Switch out that camera strap with a brand name on it for a plain black strap (or one with stainless steel woven in to prevent cutting) so you don't look so obvious. Don't put your bag down without securing it to either your leg or using an alarm like the hipKey that is controlled by your iphone,
- A car is an easy target and the site Photo This & That wrote that he actually uses a reinforced dog kennel from Guardsman that has multi-point locks and can be customized to fit in the back of your car.
- Tag your gear! Use the idea of a dog tag to clip to your camera, or a Dynotag that links your information to a QR code, or better yet the STOP Security plate that you adhere to your gear.
- While traveling lock your zippers and even lock your suitcase to an immobile item in your hotel room or car. The brand PacSafe comes highly recommended on several sites for anti-theft camera bags and items that make it hard for thieves to cut through.
Do you have any tips for keeping your gear safe from theft or damage that you'd like to share? Any horror stories that we can learn from too? Please, do tell!