We all love to take pictures when travelling, be it with our smartphone, a compact camera or an expensive DSL Reflex camera. But our gear is a prime target for theft as it is relatively easy to steal, and then re-sell on the black market.
To make sure you don’t get your camera stolen and prevent theft; we have made a list of the best tips for keeping your camera safe while travelling.
Be aware of your surroundings
Be a smart tourist : if you are visiting a dangerous country, keep your gear in a locked safe, and don’t flash your camera around without purpose. SafeAround allows you to see the most dangerous areas for many cities, and it would be unwise to bring your cameras or phone to such areas.
Get safety accessories
If you travel with expensive camera gear, it is smart to buy proper camera bags and luggage, to prevent any damage. SafeAround has selected the best range of items to protect your camera and prevent theft, with sturdy backpacks, camera straps, and anti-shock/rain luggage. Here are a few examples, see the complete selection store.
Before you travel abroad, it is advisable to buy a travel insurance program that covers theft of your personal appliances. There are many travel insurance programs, but SafeAround advises the World Nomads program, which covers Cameras, Lenses, Laptops, iPhones, Smartphones, Kindles, Tablets and other handheld computers.
These are the cases when the insurance is applicable:
Your electronic appliance stolen while you are carrying it or where it is supervised and within your reach and view.
It is stolen from a locked safety box or compartment which is out of public view and public access and where there is visible sign of forced entry.
It is accidentally damaged by fire or natural disaster while you’re travelling.
Therefore, if you get mugged and lose your camera, or someone runs and grabs your phone, you can be compensated. If you are a professional photographer, there are many high-end insurances for your gear, and a quick Google search will give you an idea of the prices.
What might seem like an ‘old-school’ method is actually a good way to deter theft (as it is harder to resell), and more importantly help you recover your gear in case of theft. You can do it manually, or buy special RFID tags to stick on your camera.
Sign up for Camera Theft Services
Websites such as Lenstag or Stolen-Property allow you to register your gear online, in order to make it easier to recover in case of theft or loss. Most of these services are free for a personal use, and we recommend to use them.
Backup your photos
Travelling with several Memory Cards is a smart thing to do – for both storage and safety purposes. You can copy the contents of all your memory card into a “safe” memory card or your computer that will stay at your hotel. Using Cloud-based storage (when travelling in areas with a reliable internet connection) is a smart option. Sometimes, the pain of losing your camera gear is nothing compared to the pain when loosing priceless travel photos.