Security on the road

Discussion in 'Other Cool Gear, Camera Bags, Camera Straps' started by EdMac, May 1, 2007.

  1. When I have all of my gear with me on the road I use the locks on my Pelican cases along with a bicycle cable lock to keep things secure. If I am in a motel room, I can wrap the cable around a fixed object. A lot of times, I go out in my pickup truck, and it is easy to pass the steel cable through one of the metal loops in the truck bed. I know that if a professional really wanted to get my gear that they could with bolt cutters, but I feel a lot more secure with my system than just leaving my gear in the back seat or the trunk. What do other people do in these situations.:smile:


  2. Ed, I like your setup and I think I'll be ordering a pelican case real soon.
  3. Kerry Pierce

    Kerry Pierce

    Jan 7, 2006
    One of the biggies is to not advertise that you have your gear in the trunk. A car is just one of thousands with a trunk. But, if someone sees you put gear into your trunk or take a camera and a lens or 2 out of your trunk, while leaving a lot of other bags in the trunk, they've got a clue that you don't want them to have. This is especially true in a tourist area.

    When I go somewhere that I know won't require all of my gear. I take out what I need, to keep in the passenger compartment, before I arrive at my final destination. On a long trip, I often stop at a convenient parking lot, gas station, fast food joint, a few blocks from my destination, to retrieve the gear I want.

    When I'm done, I almost never put the gear in the car or trunk, unless I'm in a position to keep an eye on it or I'm going to leave. I'd rather carry it around not using it, than to have someone see me put it in the trunk and walk away. :smile:
  4. Hi,
    What you say is very true, but what do you do when you go to a restaurant or some other activity such as relaxing at the motel pool. I just leave my gear in the roo:smile: m attached to a pipe or some other fixed object. I agree with you that you should not advertise the fact that you have expensive gear, but there are times when you have to leave it somewhere. Thanks for your comments.
  5. Gr8Tr1x

    Gr8Tr1x Guest

    Great Idea...
  6. Kerry Pierce

    Kerry Pierce

    Jan 7, 2006
    I was on assignment in DC for 6 months, living in a hotel. Of course, I had to leave at least some of my gear in the room, at times. In most rooms I've been in, there are limited strong points. Not much to be done about that, other than what you already have noted.

    I generally stay in higher rent places, for the additional security, if I'm going to be there for more than a day.

    In low rent, high traffic places, I've often left my stuff in the car and try to park near the main entrance. I only remove it from the car, when I'm going in for the night.
  7. What lead me to this approach was something that happened to me recently. We were in a motel, and my gear was in the trunk. Our room was only a short distance from the car. My car has remote trunk control from a key fob. My wife happened to look out of the window and saw that our trunk was wide open. Apparently I had eaned on the fob in my pocket, and opend the trunk. It was probably open for a while. I immediately went out and closed the trunk. Now I always put the key fob on a table when I am not in the car. Another situation I have had is when I have gone out birding in my pickup truck. I carry my Pelican case in the truck bed, and always cover it with something, however the lock on the truck cap is really not secure. This approach allows me to secure my stuff, while I am away from the truck. In the past, I would put my gear in the locked cab of the truck as an alternative, but that required a lot of transferring if I had a passenger. I guess that any solution is better than none, but nothing is perfect. :smile:
  8. Like your idea Ed!

  9. Thanks for all of your comments. I was also wondering what other folks do to protect their equipment.:smile:
  10. Looks like a great system, Ed. You're correct - I never stow my gear in the back under the cover when I'm at my destination. I always stop a block away, stow it and go. If I'm on the road, the camera bag with the laptop come inside with me. The bag goes to the restaurant with me, too. I've seen the pain of what happens when you take your eyes off your gear for a heart beat.
    I'll bet your insurance agent would love a copy of those shots! :biggrin:
  11. I have a mid-size SUV, so I pass a Kryptonite bicycle cable through the front seat frame, through the loops/straps/harnesses/handles of gear and cases then lock to the other front seat frame. I also use these to thwart the swiping of individual pieces (available in various sizes)
  12. Hi Anthony,
    Thanks for your comment. I hope that my post helps someone or at least makes them think about protecting their gear.:smile:
  13. Hi Sandi,
    I used to use a Rubbermaid tub to store my gear. I figured that it might not look much like anything expensive, but it always worried me. As I added big lenses, I decided on the Pelican cases. My 300 f2.8 and my 80-400 VR are just too big for a backpack plus I believe that the Pelican case offers much better environmental protection. This approach allows me to easily carry all of my gear in the back of my pickup with reasonable security. Usually I throw a cover of some kind over the cases as well. Thanks for your comments.:smile:
  14. Hi Nick,
    That is basically the same as what I do. My bicycle cable came from Sears though. Thanks for your comments.:smile:
  15. Doug


    Jan 17, 2006
    East TN
    The same 3 words again, insure, insure, insure!!!

    but the locks are a good honest person deterent.
  16. Hi Doug,
    Those are good words indeed. Thanks :smile:
  17. Nchesher


    Jul 7, 2006
    I work in TV news and gear safety is a huge issue we need to stay on top of. On an average day I'm probably rolling around with $50k worth of equipment in my car. We have lock boxes for the cameras but the $5k tripod and $3k lights aren't secured. Not to mention all the little things like wireless mics and batteries. Our biggest disadvantage is we also drive rolling billboards with the huge *** station logo on the side. I know a guy in Vegas who's coworker's station vehicle was broken into while be picked up lunch. He was probably inside for 5 minutes. My buddy said the guys probably tailed him waiting for the right time. All the gear goes on the black market for porn he said. You can't sell a $40k Digi Betacam all that easily legally.
  18. SRA


    Jul 29, 2005
    Orem, Utah

    If you don't mind me asking. Which pelican cases are these? They look like a good size for my purposes. P.S. Do these have the divider system or foam?
  19. I can see where your vehicle becomes a real attraction for the bad guys LOL. I do a lot of fire scene photography, and I always worry about leavinng my vehicle with gear in it. At least my vehicle is not as obvious. Thanks for your comments.:redface: