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Old May 26th, 2005, 09:49 AM   #1
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The issue of theft

As a newbie, I was wondering if I could get any opinions on the subject of equipment theft during jobs. Is it an issue at all or a rarity? What are the best ways to protect yourself and your investment during (or after) a job?

This concerns me as I will be working alone with cameras, mics and iRivers scattered around the facilities, and I want to avoid any pitfalls if I can.

Thanks for any help.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 10:25 AM   #2
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Pay a student to mind your stuff and claim it off tax.
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Old May 26th, 2005, 12:50 PM   #3
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There are areas of the country that theft has become a major issue. The east coast is rampant with thieves. Unfortunately some videographers still insist on putting used tapes into their camera bag and when the bag is stolen with their gear so are the tapes from the event. That means a complete refund. Not smart.

In the Chicagoland area there has been some theft going on but if you're smart and pay due diligence you can get thru events without it happening to you.

For myself, in 22 years of doing this I have never had any gear stolen but I do certain things to try to keep it from happening.

First, I make friends with the DJ or band and keep my bag in their area. I try to hide it as best as possible and I NEVER put it close to a doorway. I look for a corner by the DJ booth or bandstand to put my bag.
Secondly, I keep an eye on it as much as possible. I constantly look over to the area to make sure things look as they should.
Thirdly, the photog, who in many cases, I've worked with numerous times before, is watching their stuff and mine as I'm looking out for their stuff as well.
Lastly, I don't use a real camera bag for my small cameras. It looks like a tool bag so it doesn't attract as much attention
I also make sure my insurance premiums are paid so should something happen I'm covered and oh yeah, I DO NOT EVER put used tapes in the bag. I keep them in my pocket. yes, it gets bulky and awkward but they are irreplacable. If the gear gets stolen, I have the insurance, the tapes, well, they'd need to pry them from my cold dead hands.

Use some good common sense when storing your gear on the job and you should be fine.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 02:48 PM   #4
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Thanks, Colvin and Don. Great advice from both, especially about keeping your tapes with you at all time.

Again, my thanks.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 04:04 PM   #5
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The Dj/band is your friend. I get to know them quick and spot them a $20 to help keep an eye on my gear. Cheap insurance, works great.

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Old May 26th, 2005, 07:20 PM   #6
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Get insurance.


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