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SLR Camera Safety Concerns

over 6 years ago about All Locations

I'll be traveling in India/Nepal and Southeast Asia for the next few months. One thing I keep getting stressed about is my SLR camera. Obviously they're quite expensive, and it's definitely not an item that's very easy to conceal. I bought a new camera strap so it would no longer advertise the Canon brand, and also bought a new blank lens cap. I probably won't take it out in the evenings very often, especially if I plan on staying out late. I'm going to carry my other things in a money belt. I'm definitely buying the WN travel insurance, too. Are there any other tips you can think of? Thanks for your help!

Asked by Liz Jurey via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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    Keep it in your bag unless you're actually shooting with it - leaving it hanging around your neck identifies you as a tourist and makes you a target. I don't necessarily think that thieves are gonna be looking for the brand name on the strap or the lens cap - they're gonna see a fancy camera a try to steal it regardless of whether it's a Canon or not! Make sure you keep your camera bag slung across your body or over both shoulders if it's a backpack - the backpacks are great because they don't necessarily look like a camera bag and if you're not taking too much equipment, there's usually enough room to put some other stuff in there as well as your camera. over 6 years ago

    Answered by Sarah T via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Liz, sounds like you're being super sensible about it all. maybe keep the camera in an unmarked bag, rather than hanging by the strap from your neck, and take it out for the shot then back into hiding.
    As you've seen with that tragic death in Thailand, one of the most common types of theft is the motorcycle drive-by bag snatch, so walk away as far away from the road as you can on any footpath and keep the bag/camera slung ver you shoulder away from the roadside - but if someone does try to snatch it, please don't struggle with them, let them have it, you life's not worth a camera.
    If, heaven forbid, the camera does get stolen, it'll make the insurance claim go easier if you have a police report (essential), proof of purchase, like the shop receipt, and serial numbers. Make copies of these and take one with you and leave the other with a relative, and the originals in a safe place at home.
    Download your images regularly, so if the camera is stolen your memories of your trip aren't gone too.
    Never leave the camera unattended, even for a second.
    Because a DSLR is an expensive item, the 'standard' cover may not be enough, so check the policy wording closely, it seems to me that you'll need to list it as a specified item (all insurance policies do this in some way or other). Best thing to do is call WorldNomads (get the right number for your country of residence at this page: http://www.worldnomads.com/contactus.aspx ) and discuss your circumstances with us, then you can make a decision about what's right for you.
    Phil from the safety hub. over 6 years ago

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