Safe Guarding Your Camera with an Anti-Theft Camera Strap
“Camera snatches,” or “cut and run” camera thefts, usually occur in tourist hot spots. Here are some suggestions for what you can do to make sure you return home with your valuable gear and memories.
Camera Snatchers and Cut and Run Thefts
Many travelers are aware that crowded tourist destinations are popular with pickpockets and other thieves that prey on tourists.
Typically, camera snatchers are thieves who lurk in crowded areas looking for people to set down cameras or camera gear bags on the ground, park bench, or street café. They often work as a team. The thieves are usually young – ranging from 10 to 30 years of age. They look for the magical moment when you set your camera down because you are arranging something, taking a break, or simply having lunch. At that magical moment (as thieves call it) when you are relaxed and less engaged with your equipment, one of the thieves will distract you – getting you to turn your attention away from your camera or gear bag for even just a few seconds. As you converse with the distractor regarding directions or something similar, his or her accomplice takes and walks away with your camera or bag. The distractor leaves only after your camera is clearly gone.
These thefts can occur anywhere. I recall a case that I investigated in which a professional photographer was shooting a band in a nightclub. While she was shooting towards the end of the event, she had set her camera bag down on a chair next to her while she was trying to get some final shots. The bag carried several of her camera lenses and memory cards containing over 300 photos she had shot during the event. While she was preoccupied with the shoot, someone simply lifted the bag and walked away with over $4,000 worth of camera gear. It was not just the value of the camera gear but it was also the value of the photos shot during the entire evening.
Cut and Run Camera and Gear Bag Thefts
Cut and Run thefts usually occur on crowded subways or train platforms, buses, or other pedestrian dense locations where people are crowded up against each other. Typically several thieves working together surround you, all pretending to be other train travelers, tourists, etc. however, they do not acknowledge that they know each other. As you begin to exit the train in a sea of people, you are jostled by several of your fellow passengers – a natural occurrence. At that “magical moment,” one of your fellow passengers cuts the strap of your camera. The thief supports the camera, so you do not feel it falling. Your forward motion allows the camera to slide off your shoulder remain in his hands. This sounds tricky, but professional thieves have honed this into an art.
Security Solution- Anti-Theft Camera Straps
Camera security straps look and feel like regular camera straps. What makes them different from the rest is that the straps have steel cables woven into the straps to thwart cut ‘n run type theft. Additionally, a good anti-theft camera strap has an anti-snatch security clip so if you set a camera down for even a moment, you can unlatch use the built-in security clip to wrap the strap around a stationary item like a chair rail and then back onto the camera. Camera security straps come in a number of styles and sizes, you’re sure to find one just right for your gear.
Anti-theft Features to Look for in a Camera Security Strap
The CarrySafe 100 is a security camera neck strap that combines comfort and two anti-theft security features to provide security for your camera or binoculars. It has a softly cushioned strap with a breathable neck pad and features a slash-proof strap and snatch-proof connectors.
The discreet, quick action Carrysafe® 150 anti-theft sling camera strap lets you keep your eye on the target, as you grab, point and shoot. Designed to hang upside down and diagonally across the body, finding your camera is as clicking the button.
Additional Security Options to Protect Your Camera Gear
Today you have the option to upgrade your gear to be anti-theft in addition to all the other features you demand in a new gear bag, such as superior comfort and organization. Travel a little more relaxed and worry-free knowing your gear and memories are secure. Look for bags styled as camera security backpacks, duffel bags, cross-body bags, to wire mesh covers that protect your existing bag. Many of these styles actually act as portable safe long after your trip is over!
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