Camera security .. especially while travelling

posted on 17th of august, 2010

Having travelled a lot in developing countries, I am always aware of camera security. I know of people who have been followed from the airport and had all their luggage stolen from them immediately before entering their hotel. I also know of people who have lost their cameras in the street. It is sensible to organise your travel from the airport to the hotel prior to arriving and plan all your routes and travel methods. There is nothing worse than being robbed while on holidays and needing to organise cancelling credit cards, etc from a foreign country I have had this unpleasant task once while in Bogota.

There is often nothing you can do to blend in however, you can make an effort not to stand out too much. I try and dress down when travelling and not to carry too much luggage. While on the street, I keep my camera bag in front of me and with a small lanyard clipped to my belt. I normally return my camera to its bag or tuck it under my coat.

I once had an experience of an attempted theft in Buenos Aires in the centre of the city. A boy jumped off a bike, that another was riding, and approached fast with the obvious aim of getting my camera - with the noise he made and my wife noticing him I turned to face him and he changed his course and jumped back on the bike. Shortly after, we saw the duo caught by the police. Expensive cameras are offered for cheap prices in many city centres, obviously stolen, so the risk is real.

I use the safe in hotel rooms, when my camera fits or if heading out for a short time without it use the "do not disturb" sign. A Pelican case is a good option and can be chained to the toilet that is often a good place to use.

When travelling by car I try not to ever leave gear visible through windows. I know of a number of people who have lost camera gear while travelling or from their camera in front of their house. Again plan your travel carefully and your internal travel.

Also when in secluded places be aware of the risk of theft – dark alleys are not always the most sensible places to shoot alone!

There are many blogs on carryon versus check-in of camera gear on planes. I have not ever had to check in gear but never carry that much. I have however had stuff stolen from my check-in so that risk is obviously real too.

The lesson over the years for me is to pre-plan, blend in where possible, and stay aware of your surroundings but not to let is stop you photographing unless it really is not safe!

Comments (9)

Posted by Thanatonautii on August 18, 2010
Good advice! Thank you!
Posted by Almaterra on August 18, 2010
Very good advice! thanks!
Posted by Jdanne on August 18, 2010
You have a very nice portfolio! Thanks for the advices.
Posted by Yuritz on August 17, 2010
agree,everywhere you go you should pay attention on your own things and be carfull on what you do because you can always find someone looking to stole them;great advices and pictures as well

good holidays :)
Posted by Adeliepenguin on August 17, 2010
Yes, good advice. Thanks for taking the time on this blog. On a side note, I never travel with a bag that looks like a camera bag. I use a tattered looking bag and put padding around my camera inside. I also put a lock on the zipper, if I am not planning on opening the bag for awhile.
Posted by Egomezta on August 17, 2010
Thanks for the advice, nice images.
Posted by Alionaz on August 17, 2010
good photos! Thanks for sharing
Posted by Joe1971 on August 17, 2010
the photos is very beautiful!
Posted by Luis2007 on August 17, 2010
Good advices, thanks.

Comments (9)

This article has been read 1127 times. 2 readers have found this article useful.
Photo credits: Bevanward.

About me

I moved to Adelaide, Australia in 1978 from Auckland, New Zealand, as a child. Raised in Townsville, North Queensland, I left home to work in Central Australia where I first became interested in photography as a field geologist. From there I took a role in Johannesburg, South Africa, returned to Australia to marry, moved to Santiago, spent five years there in the capital of Chile and since have moved back to Brisbane, Australia where I am now based. I live with my wife of eight years and our three year old son. I have spent the past 10 years travelling all over the world and as part of my trav... [Read more]

confidential info

Blogs Exclusive user
May (1)
April (1)

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles


More favorite articles

Related image searches

security travel theft gear camera

Travel related stock images