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Post Options Post Options   Quote Bob J Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 August 2013 at 23:07
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Originally posted by sturatcliffe sturatcliffe wrote:

He has admitted handling the goods (about £7500 I reckoned) and has a court appearance already set.

Excellent news. Do tell us when and where as I'm sure there are more than a few of us who would make the effort to meet the scroat when he steps out onto a public space. We could shoot him a few times - with our cameras of course. (I'd bring my Purdey rangefinder!)

(Speaking as someone who has been burgled within the past couple of weeks)
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Post Options Post Options   Quote wolfy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2013 at 02:34
So glad you got your gear back, thats too cool a kit to loose.

I lost an Alpha 7D, a 28-135mm4-4.5 and a Nikon 180mm2.8, when my house was burgled (I consider my cameras my most valuable items) and was broken up about it, cant imagine how you were feeling with that lot missing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote homeranger Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2013 at 03:09
Great news Stuart! I was just telling a friend about your ordeal. I'm looking forward to sharing the second part of the story. Hallelujah!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sturatcliffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2013 at 07:52
Originally posted by homeranger homeranger wrote:

Great news Stuart! I was just telling a friend about your ordeal. I'm looking forward to sharing the second part of the story. Hallelujah!


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Post Options Post Options   Quote ricardovaste Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2013 at 15:42
I'm sure at some point someone (usually I) should beckon in about having good camera equipment insurance? I know the "good ones" act immediately, so for anyone who relies on their kit, make sure you have a good policy!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote berlin steve Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 August 2013 at 17:37
why not offer the police to take that thief's mug shot and we can start a new theme 'mug shots NSFW 'nicked Sony, filthy wretch'.

Seriously, I am glad everything worked out. Hope he gets more than just a slap.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Dirk Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 August 2013 at 13:31
Great news Stuart ! So saturday will be really HAPPY SHOOTING !
(btw. don't leave the stuff in your car by then )
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Post Options Post Options   Quote groover Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2014 at 14:55
Those of you in the UK may want to use this website:

Immobilise

to register your cameras and lenses.

It's free and in use by the Police when they recover stolen gear.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dumbasadoorknob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2014 at 16:20
I missed the good news in August, but it is good news not just for Stu, but for everyone in the Stockport area: there are only ever a few active burglars at any one time, but they do disproportionate mischief. So Stu's notations of his serial numbers and police report allowed the police to do their job and for his neighbors to sleep well.

Rule number One -- keep the serial numbers of all your lenses ON PAPER somewhere. There's no point in storing them on a desktop or laptop if that is stolen too.

Personally, I'm not keen on providing serial numbers or descriptions or values to a third party in advance of the theft. Putting insurance on items simply gives a part-time employee of the insurance broker a list of items to steal. Giving that information to any third-party by email means that a hacker, bored with stealing credit card numbers, will go for the soft target of the third-party registration company.

Rule number Two -- keep the secret of your valuables to yourself until you need to publish it.

If Sony ever develops quasi-professional support, it will establish a theft reporting system for Alpha bodies and lenses, that it can use to circulate all its dealers.     The police can handle pawn shops because there are laws requiring reporting in most Western countries, but there are no criteria for dealers in second hand goods.   On similar lines, Ebay and Amazon must require serial numbers as part of a lens listing, or deny the posting.   Absent that, they just become dealers in stolen goods.

Finally, with wifi cameras, wouldn't it be good for Sony to insert, in ROM, a responder that will bleep in GPS in response to a "show yourself code" when the body has been reported stolen?   That, more than almost anything else, would be a killer app. I think it would enhance customer loyalty in the long run. But in the short run it would inhibit Sony sales of replacement cameras, so one wonders if it will ever happen.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sturatcliffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2014 at 17:00
I suppose an update is in order!

Thief went to preliminary hearing where he pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods.

It was his first criminal record (first time criminal or first time caught?) and was given a 24 month conditional order (a little stronger than a slap on the wrist), whereby, if he commits another crime within the 2 year period, he will be retried for the theft of my gear, and sentenced on that basis.

My first concern in all of this was getting my gear back, which I did. I am pleased he has been caught and convicted, and can only hope that his stupidity and experience will deter him from offending again (there's always hope!)

What have I learned from this...

1)don't trust your insurer to pay out unless you get dedicated insurance for your gear. I am with eversure who insure 'amateurs' (anyone who earns less than 50% of their income from photography, which is the boat I am currently in) - £8000 of cover, home, car, and on the body insurance, including accidental damage, all for £165 which I believe is fantastic and well worth the price (in comparison to other dedicated insurers, it's cheap as well!)

2)assume someone is always watching you when you put your gear somewhere

3)keep record of serial numbers (and keep them up to date!!), protect with UV paint, and be proactive if the worst happens

4) don't have all your gear in one bag - better to have half of it nicked, rather than the whole lot!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dumbasadoorknob Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2014 at 18:36
Please tell me about UV paint.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote sturatcliffe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 January 2014 at 19:42
Originally posted by dumbasadoorknob dumbasadoorknob wrote:

Please tell me about UV paint.


its called crimestoppers uv property protector - each bottle has a specific chemical makeup, meaning if your equipment is recovered and the police find the uv mark, they can run it through a system which will tell them who it belongs to (As long as you've registered on the immobilise website, as mentioned in a previous post)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote stiuskr Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 January 2014 at 04:55
There's something similar over here called Data Dots, I see them on cars all the time but have never thought about using them on my gear, which I am now reconsidering.

http://www.datadotdna.com/us/
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