Lenstag Infographic Shows How Gear Gets Stolen and What Gear Gets Filched Most


We take no responsibility if you’re all of a sudden afraid to take your camera anywhere after reading this (especially if you have a Nikon D7000 or a Canon 60D), but this gear theft infographic by anti-theft service Lenstag is packed interesting information that we think every photographer should be aware of.

If you feel like you’ve heard about Lenstag recently, that’s because you have. It was just yesterday we shared the news that Lenstag had released a new mobile application that made it a cinch to register your gear, search their ‘stolen’ database or report gear as stolen.

This infographic is a great way to follow that announcement because, well, it’ll probably give you a bit more motivation to download the app and start taking advantage of the free service… you’ve gotta appreciate their timing.

The graphic uses Lenstag’s own statistics to break down the eight most common ways gear gets stolen by percent, as well as list the most stolen cameras and lenses, both overall and by specific brand. Here’s a higher res version for you to take a look at:


As you can see, Lenstag’s stats indicate you’re most likely to have your camera and/or lenses pilfered out of your car (as photojournalist Christopher Morris learned recently), with 29% of thefts happening this way. That’s followed by home robbery at 25%, while on vacation at 11% and so on.

When it comes to the gear most frequently stolen, the Nikon D7000 is king of the overall camera category, followed by the Canon D60 and 7D. Lenses most likely to get filched are Canon’s 70-200mm f/2.8L, 24-70mm f/2.8L and 85mm f/1.2L.

All of the rest of the info is packed into the infographic above, so feel free to browse it and feed your paranoia to your heart’s content. And when you’re done, if you want to ease it back down to a manageable level, check out our coverage of the Lenstag app and/or download it for yourself by clicking here.

  • David Liang

    That actually makes me feel a lot safer going out with my camera. According to Lenstag stats between Home, Car and Vacation that’s 75% of all thefts. Mugging is only 6%.

  • Alex Huff

    Home theft surprises me the most. Won’t be taking that for granted any longer. Car theft is a no-brainer.

  • Carl Meyer

    Not even thieves want the D600.

  • Anonymoused

    Yep, all of my gear was stolen from a home invasion.

  • harumph

    But that brings up the question, Is this just a list of the most commonly owned gear (and therefore the most commonly stolen gear)? Does the D600 get stolen less than the D7000 only because far more people own the D7000?

  • markz

    not really surprising given that most camera gear spends an overwhelming majority of its time at home (even when you do head out with your camera you probably rarely take your full kit). While my Lieca is pretty much with me every day on almost every trip I take out the door beyond a walk to the corner shop something like my canon 300 f/2.8 lens probably only leaves the house between 5 and 10 times a year

  • Tom Nelson

    I’m sure the thieves don’t turn their noses up at any expensive camera. It just reflects the number of each camera out there.

  • Rob S

    Interesting that camera body thefts appear to mirror sales – Nikon sells a lot of D7000 meaning there are a lot to steal. But lens theft does not follow. Those are some pretty specific and pretty expensive lenses getting stolen. Maybe that is a product of under reporting of theft of less expensive lenses but It would seem like there should be some kit lenses in there.

  • Hmmm

    Or far less people own the D600?

  • Mike

    I’d be interested to see some geographic info to go along with these stats

  • Zos Xavius

    You know what’s sad? You have less of a chance of being mugged than having your gear stolen from the airport in your checked in luggage. Most likely by the hands of the TSA. I don’t check anything remotely valuable in with my luggage anymore. That all goes with me in my carry on bag.

  • Fuzztographer

    Alternate title: Eight Ways Lenstag Can Peddle Their Wares

  • harumph

    Yeah, that’s what I said.

  • sell_him

    Not sure that 25 home robberies, 5 online auction frauds, 29 vehicle smash and grabs etc etc in a world population of 7+ billion is going to make me scared. I’m tough as nails me!

  • Becca Gulliver

    I wonder what percentage of the gear stolen gets recovered and given back to the owner?

  • Ed

    To the author: I really would like to know whether the number of registered (owned) gear was factored in, otherwise the data is rather uninteresting since it would only reflect that there are a lot of D7000s out there, as previously suggested. What would be really informative is to know the number of stolen bodies/lenses out of every 100 owned, for example.

  • Rasmus Helenius

    Where do you live? :):):):)

  • Photog

    I think those lenses get more stolen because of their color, being white calls for a lot of attention.

  • pluto

    at home I have a very heavy metal safe; locked.

    unless the thieves a) know about the safe and b1) can lift a ton & carry it out or b2) open a security lock on spot within 10 minutes before the police arrives (security alarms & CCTV installed too – it is NOT *that* expensive) … well, 25% of theft risk fairly covered, I hope.

    recommend everyone to make sure you’re as safe as you can to reduce the risk :)

  • Snarkasaurus

    Ho-ho-ho, what a good joke! Guess they don’t want the 7D or the 700D either, by that logic.

  • Happy_Tinfoil_Cat

    The 70-200 ƒ/2.8 is white, the others are black. These are likely wedding photographer’s lenses. There are not many people that would lug around an 85 ƒ/1.2 just for the fun of it.

  • Sean Hurt

    They also look more expensive than other lenses

  • RMJ

    Why would they ?

  • Chris L

    Where do they get those stats from, I doubt insurance companies, police or anyone else freely shares the data with Lenstag. Just because it sounds authoritative doesn’t mean it is; probably a publicity stunt for Lenstag

  • Lucas Hoffmann

    That makes me happy to be buying a Pentax!!!

    (please get the joke)

  • JanThom

    That’s %, not number of items…

  • JanThom

    and/or my Sony/Konica-Minoltas

  • Walter Lambert

    During a home break-in I lost a CanonT2i but they left a backpack they opened to find a Nikon D2x & several lenses. Drugs are a horrible thing.

  • TheGloriousEnd

    I’m one of the 6%.
    0/10. Would not recommend.

  • brunom

    You’re right – this survey wrongly acts as if all cameras are registered with this scheme – which of course they aren’t.

    The actual % and camera models could be totally different or reversed if ALL cameras owned were included.

    So, really just meaningless stats.

  • Siri

    Are they sure it is the actual lens being stolen and not just the Coffee mug made to look like a Canon 70-200

  • statistician

    because only 6% of photographers go out with their camera, and they all get mugged

  • Ryan MacLean

    Sample size would certainly help validate this.

  • Bar b q

    I imagine the data is based off of only people who have bothered to register their gear with lenstag, and I imagine those people are on average more serious about photography than most. Hence a lot of higher end lenses on the list.

  • Krazytrucker

    At Home I have a shotgun and a .45 and two grown chow chows. It is the best security system out there.

  • Dante Busquets

    It would be great if Lenstag -or the lenstag community- could make enough mass, so that there could exist a company that would offer insurance on an international basis, taking what is now registered on Lenstag as a basis