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video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:56 PM »
A bunch of thieves set this photographer up for failure. Just something to be aware of next time you're out and about with your camera and big L lens.

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« on: July 09, 2013, 01:32:56 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2013, 01:39:12 PM »
Moral is...   Travel accordingly, which is why I've a EOS-M for places I don't feel reasonably safe in and err on travelling in less safe places with my camera and lenses in a tatty rucksack rather than a posh looking camera bag
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Re: video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2013, 01:54:45 PM »
A bunch of thieves set this photographer up for failure. Just something to be aware of next time you're out and about with your camera and big L lens.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=c85_1373364082

Those rat ba5tards ... that article says "a friend of the guy who was mugged here says he's been there this year and that these thieves are still there, but police won't do anything about it" ... those policemen should get their a55 whipped.
These kind of things have the potential to happen even in "safe tourist" locations ... thanks for sharing, it helps to keep an eye out and be careful.
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Re: video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2013, 06:29:16 PM »
...They work fast, and they are really organized.

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2013, 05:03:28 PM »
...They work fast, and they are really organized.
They get away only bcoz the police are paid to look the other way.
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Re: video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2013, 06:46:58 PM »
...They work fast, and they are really organized.
They get away only bcoz the police are paid to look the other way.

I agree with you Rienzphotoz, let's just say that the police in that part of the word, operates differently than the one that we have here...

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Re: video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2013, 07:37:15 AM »
Lessons:
1) don't let people crowd around you
2) hold onto your camera by the lens
3) backpacks put valuables in your blind spot

The modus operandi here of the street thieves is a well documented practice: present cardboard/papers up to a person's chest and let your hands go to work below the cardboard. Pockets for wallets used to be the common target. Lenses from DSLRs make a new, easy target.

I've seen gypsies in places like Florence try to use this exact tactic where there is a mother + children roaming for prey.

But really the problem here is (1) - he let himself get surrounded and was thus in a situation he could not hope to control or survey. I can't tell if he knew he was a target but if he did know then he should really have thought more about what was valuable to him.

When walking around cities where I have reason to be careful, my camera and camera bag are cross strapped, one for each hip and a hand is always on each. The only time I use a backpack for camera gear is hiking.
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« Reply #7 on: July 12, 2013, 02:36:37 PM »
Get insurance for your gear.
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Re: video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2013, 08:42:02 AM »
this was one of the reasons I chose the Lowepro Flipside - it opens only on the side which goes against my back. So as long as I'm wearing the backpack, there is no risk that someone will be able to open it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2013, 08:59:35 AM »
this was one of the reasons I chose the Lowepro Flipside - it opens only on the side which goes against my back. So as long as I'm wearing the backpack, there is no risk that someone will be able to open it.

Except with a razor knife.

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Re: video of photographer getting his lens stolen
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2013, 09:04:02 AM »
this was one of the reasons I chose the Lowepro Flipside - it opens only on the side which goes against my back. So as long as I'm wearing the backpack, there is no risk that someone will be able to open it.

Except with a razor knife.

Correct ... but the flipsides do act as a safety feature in a rudimentary sort of a way though.

However, if things have gone so far that I'm confronted with someone with a razor knife, I would probably be wise to meekly hand over my gear - a bag, howsoever safe, won't make a difference.
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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2013, 09:04:02 AM »