Always watch your camera gear! Caught someone trying to take mine today!!

11 months 5 days ago #752332 by Uplander
Close call for me today.  A buddy and I were photographing some street photography, both of us had our camera bags on a bench as we were talking and shooting cars driving by.  3 teens walked by twice, and came back one additional time, except this time fanned out and the one closest to the bags grabbed mine and tried hiding it in front of himself.  My buddy who happens to be black belt and ex football player saw and grabbed the teen, then my camera bag.  The two other kids ran off, leaving the one in our custody, who then started to cry.  We let him go with a stern warning.  

Damn, this could have been a horrible ending to a day!


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11 months 5 days ago #752335 by Razky

Uplander wrote: Close call for me today. A buddy and I were photographing some street photography, both of us had our camera bags on a bench as we were talking and shooting cars driving by. 3 teens walked by twice, and came back one additional time, except this time fanned out and the one closest to the bags grabbed mine and tried hiding it in front of himself. My buddy who happens to be black belt and ex football player saw and grabbed the teen, then my camera bag. The two other kids ran off, leaving the one in our custody, who then started to cry. We let him go with a stern warning.  
Damn, this could have been a horrible ending to a day!

You taught him a lesson by letting him go - he'll likely be more successful next time.


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11 months 4 days ago #752337 by Uplander

Razky wrote:

Uplander wrote: Close call for me today. A buddy and I were photographing some street photography, both of us had our camera bags on a bench as we were talking and shooting cars driving by. 3 teens walked by twice, and came back one additional time, except this time fanned out and the one closest to the bags grabbed mine and tried hiding it in front of himself. My buddy who happens to be black belt and ex football player saw and grabbed the teen, then my camera bag. The two other kids ran off, leaving the one in our custody, who then started to cry. We let him go with a stern warning.  
Damn, this could have been a horrible ending to a day!

You taught him a lesson by letting him go - he'll likely be more successful next time.


Perhaps so. I'm going to be optimistic and believe the kid learned a valuable lesson.  


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11 months 2 days ago #752433 by CharleyL
I have a habit of stepping through one of the handles/shoulder straps of my camera bags when I set them on the ground to take pictures. In 65 years I have not had anyone try to take my camera bag, but then I'm quite careful about where I go when carrying a camera. I also make it a habit of zipping closed, or mostly closed any of the pockets of the camera bag to keep items inside more secure from "quick grab and run" artists. 

Charley


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10 months 4 weeks ago #752517 by Screamin Scott
I've never had a "snatch and run" scenario like this happen to me. I've always kept my gear close to me. That said, I did lose almost all of my camera gear during a burglary back in 1980... I got better insurance protection after that. 

Scott Ditzel Photography

www.flickr.com/photos/screaminscott/

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10 months 4 weeks ago #752579 by JaneK
I would have walked the kid to his parents, then let him go. But let his parents discipline him.  


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10 months 3 weeks ago #752653 by Zach Mosher
+1 same here.  My gear is always right by my side!  

Now I 100% agree with Jane, should have brought the kid back to his parents and let his parents discipline him.  When I was a kid I got caught stealing candy from a local mom and pop store, they called up my parents and had them come and get me.  I will say this, I was 11 years old and I never stole again.  


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10 months 3 weeks ago #752742 by Nefarious
I'm all for second chances, but with a kid like that, I would have 100% roped in his parents as they are likely the ones who would be more accountable.   


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