Top 10 Digital Camera Security Tips
1) Casing – Be sure to purchase a camera case, although it may seem like extra cost when purchasing the camera it could also save you money should you drop your camera and it breaks.
2) Storage – When storing your camera in a case be sure not to leave the lens attached. Damage can be caused to the threads which attach the camera and lens should you apply too much pressure.
3) Stolen camera finder - Every photo you take with your digital camera contains hidden information about both the image and the camera such as the make, model and date. This information, called exif can also include a unique serial number which identifies your camera. The stolen camera finder searches the internet searching for photos, collecting the serial numbers of the cameras that took them which can help locate your camera.
4) Do not leave it unattended – Always keep your camera with you at all times and at least locked away securely. Leaving it out of sight is only inviting opportunists to steal your camera.
5) Heat – Avoid leaving your digital camera exposed to heat, it can cause damage to the lens or photos you already have stored on the camera.
6) Call card – When taking photos out and about be sure to leave a call card in your camera bag. This can you have your name and a suitable contact telephone number on. This help in case you accidentally leave your camera somewhere and hopefully a Good Samaritan will pick it up and return it to you. You can also use a product called SuperTag if you are wary of leaving your contact number, this is a small tag which you can attach to your valuables which has a unique reference number for your product which can be quoted when the customer service helpline is rang which is on the tag. You can view the product here: http://www.nextofkin.com/c4ST/
7) Marking – Be sure to mark your camera and lenses with an ultra violet pen with your name and postcode and also make notes of your camera equipment serial numbers. This can assist policy when tracking stolen goods.
8) Use a camera strap - When walking around taking photos in various places consider using a camera strap around your neck. This means the camera is always in your eye line and much more difficult to steal as opposed to if it was in your hand.
9) Safety pin / Pad lock – Consider placing a safety pin through the camera bag zips. This can prevent potential thieves from opening your bag in crowded areas. You can always use a pad lock which has the same benefit as it stops people opening your bag.
10) Insurance – Ensure you have appropriate insurance in place for your camera. Cover4mobiles can offer protection for cameras against accidental damage, accidental loss, theft and breakdown. Insurance can prevent you from paying hundreds in the event of damage or loss of to your digital camera.