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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.