Thieves Stealing Camera Lenses from Around Photographers’ Necks

The next time you’re walking around with a DSLR around your neck and a stranger asks you for directions, you might want to keep a hand on your lens. Yesterday BBC’s “The Real Hustle” included a short segment in which they demonstrated how easy it is to steal a lens on the street. The con artists simply detach and pocket the camera lens of an unsuspecting photographer while pretending to ask for directions. Apparently this is a real con that thieves are using these days…

(via Pixiq)

  • Dennis Marciniak

    That’s the quiet/low-profile way.

    I was traveling in 2006 when someone came up beside me in a crowd, cut the camera strap (that was around my neck) with scissors and tried to run. Caught him, but I always keep my hands firmly planted on my camera+lens in certain areas.

  • Earl

    Here, we have camera hold-up gangs that pose as potential clients of professional photographers but then robbing them of their cameras and other equipment.

  • Anonymous

    Man, I gotta try that!  ;)

  • bob cooley

    I’d definitely feel the weight difference if a lens were removed from the body; and if you are that close to anyone, I’d have my hand resting on camera…

  • Nathan Caulford

    A 70-200, sure, but not a 50mm.

  • Matthew Cole

    This is why I want a Fuji X100

  • Seshan

    I tried removing my lens the way he does it, it’s not easy, the lens is stiff to remove too, People are just to oblivious. 

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  • Wing Wong

    I sense/hear a new photographer accessory coming up: the lens leash!

  • Azety Azety

    or Leica M9 / M10 ? :D

  • Anonymous

    Time to use screw mount!!!!!

  • Andrew Wicker

    that way they can skip the lens only bullshit and get the whole she-bang

  • Andrew Wicker

    REI sells exactly the strap you’re looking for by PacSafe

  • Ajay Fahlman

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