How to keep yourself and your gear safe while out and about

A lot of photographers worry about keeping themselves and their gear safe while out shooting. There is never any guaranteed way of making sure you never have your gear stolen – if someone really wants it, they’ll find a way of getting it. However, the vast majority of thieves are opportunists and will move on to something easier if you make things difficult for them, and there are a number of simple, common-sense things you can do to keep yourself and your camera gear safe. The tips below cover both travel and home situations.

It’s easy when reading an article like this to start feeling a bit paranoid, but remember that the vast majority of people are helpful and honest and you’re far more likely to have lost photographic equipment returned to you than to have it stolen in the first place. It’s good to know what steps to take to stay safe, but it’s also good to keep a sense of perspective as you read about how to do it.

We’ve divided our tips into those aimed primarily at keeping your gear safe, and those aimed at
personal safety, but of course there’s a lot of overlap between the two. Some of this will apply
wherever you go, even if it’s just down the road, and some will only apply if you’re travelling
somewhere far from home….

View or download our full article as a pdf document: Staying Safe