Page 1 of 10 12345 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 91
  1. Collapse Details
    Camera Theft - C300 and C100s
    #1
    Senior Member Eric Coughlin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    2,018
    Default
    My house was broken into on Sunday the 2nd and they stole one of my C300 Mark IIs, two C100 Mark Is, a C100 Mark II, and various other equipment. The cameras were setup in a configuration similar to the photo below, with Manfrotto plates on the C100s, a Kessler plate on the C300 Mark II, with a Zacuto helmet and handle on the C300.

    Working on trying to get serial numbers from B&H (which is closed now, big surprise). If anyone sees them in the wild, let me know. They stole the batteries (Canon and Wasabi), but did not steal any chargers.

    There were some packages from Amazon and B&H left on my doorstep a week earlier which were robbed, which was likely by chance, and after seeing the video equipment in the package and my company name on the package, they must have figured to break in to see what else they could get.




    Around $25k of gear was stolen. Waiting to find out if my insurance covers replacement cost or depreciated value; I had thought it was replacement but on the phone they said depreciated.

    I haven't been using the C100s much lately, so I ended up buying two more C300 Mark IIs to replace the three C100s and one C300 that were stolen, so I now own three C300 Mark IIs. This may work out well in the long run.

    Time to beef up my home security. How do you secure your home and vehicle from theft?


    Reply With Quote
     

  2. Collapse Details
    #2
    Senior Member indiawilds's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    New Delhi, India
    Posts
    1,286
    Default
    Eric,
    Sad to hear this. Routine burglary or did they specifically target cameras? How efficient is the police in recovery of such stolen goods?


    Reply With Quote
     

  3. Collapse Details
    #3
    Default
    Sorry to hear about this, hope you’re insurance leaves you with at least what you had.


    Reply With Quote
     

  4. Collapse Details
    #4
    Resident Preditor mcgeedigital's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Potomac Falls, VA
    Posts
    7,885
    Default
    BFD (Big F%cking Dog)
    Matt Gottshalk - Director/ Dp/ and Emmy Award Winning Editor
    Producer, Digital Creative for the United States Postal Service


    Reply With Quote
     

  5. Collapse Details
    #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Central NY
    Posts
    2,230
    Default
    As ugly as it will be, a security cage inside to hold the gear (bolted to the studs or floor). Will at least slow them down. You will probably need to put in an alarm system, and cameras wouldn't be a bad choice... They will be back unless they get caught at a pawn shop. Chances are good that these are less than casual thieves looking for drug money. They may not even be the people that stole the packages, those people may have tipped off another group that handles the more dangerous jobs.

    I'd also take a good look around the exterior of the property, I'm guessing there are some marks outside that the thieves use to designate good targets. I assume the police would find these and hopefully clue you in to what they mean.

    Decent but cheap camera system:
    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...9SIA46G57R2213
    Buy the optional bigger hard drive. The cameras are bigger than you might think, this is actually a bonus... You don't want to covertly capture the thieve's image, you want them to see the cameras and decide to move on to easier targets. The dome cameras are about 6-7 inches in diameter, and the other cameras are about 10-12 long from the mounting surface. The autodetect/record does not work on the first two channels, not sure why, but it is a known "feature", you can trigger them from a different camera or from IR sensor, door switch, etc. The cameras are all powered over IP, comes with eight 100 foot cables but you'll probably want to buy cable and connectors for a better looking install (Lowes has decent indoor/outdoor bulk cable) and Cables and Kits in Florida has decent prices on connectors, crimpers, and direct burial ethernet cable.

    And all that said, I real "professional" alarm system may get your insurance rates lower.


    Reply With Quote
     

  6. Collapse Details
    #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Central NY
    Posts
    2,230
    Default
    Also, when you get the serial numbers, post them far and wide for as many eyes to see as possible. In three months when these show up on ebay it would be nice to know if they were stolen.


    Reply With Quote
     

  7. Collapse Details
    #7
    Senior Member Run&Gun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    3,633
    Default
    I feel for you. I had my truck stolen in Atlanta about 12 years ago. Luckily the camera was in the hotel room with me, but they picked the truck clean. When it was found a few days later there wasn't much left. A battery charger and a few stands, I believe. They even took all of the sandbags. I think the insurance claim ended up around $40K-$45K I posted about it on a few sites with complete serial numbers(for items that had them) and model numbers and descriptions. Ironically, I had just inventoried all of my gear a month or so before and had everything in a binder and organized and was able to provide everything to the police almost immediately. The Atlanta police are absolutely worthless, though. Dealing with them was almost as bad as the initial theft.

    Moving forward, definetly have an alarm installed and strongly think about cameras/surveillance. The cameras may not stop a theft, but may greatly raise the chances that the person or persons can be caught if one occurs. Do not have any gear shipped to your house. Get a PO Box at a UPS store(They also have a physical street address. Some merchants will not ship to po boxes). They can accept and hold your packages. Also, the above idea of having a secure area within your house, at least for the high-dollar/high-value items like cameras and lenses, is a very good one. Thieves wanna be in and out as quickly as they can. If there is something to impede them and slow them down, especially if there is an alarm going off, they may say F it, it's not worth getting caught and bolt before they can do any real damage. Dogs are also good deterrents. They bark and make a lot of noise and can do a lot of damage to a person, if they want. I have five dogs inside my house and everyone of them is like a radar/surveillance system. You know someone is walking down the road at least half a block before you can even see them.

    Good luck with your insurance company. Hopefully they are as easy to deal with as mine was. And I do recommmend a replacement cost policy. Luckily that's what I had.


    Reply With Quote
     

  8. Collapse Details
    #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Connecticut
    Posts
    315
    Default
    Sorry to hear about your loss. Some years back when I was shooting weddings, my home was burglarized and I had my Mamiya RZ bodies, lenses and film backs stolen. When I provided the police report, serial numbers, and bills of sale to my insurance company, the insurance company purchased replacements from B&H and shipped the camera equipment to me.

    Five years ago I signed up for a free service my local post office offers. If you have a P.O. Box, you can sign up with the post office for a service where your packages are delivered to your local post office. The post office will sign for the package if required. All of the major shippers, UPS, Fed Ex, etc. now deliver packages to the post office. Some retailers will not ship to a P.O. Box address so I was told to have my shipping address as follows:

    Name
    Company Name
    123 Main St, #456 where the 123 Main St. is the post office address and #456 is my P.O. Box number
    City, State, Zip

    I now have all off my packages delivered to my post office address. I have had everything from iMac computers to all of my video gear delivered to the post office. The post office places a card in my P.O. Box notifying me a package has arrived. I hand the card to clerk at the business counter and he/she gets my package from the back. The only problem I've had is the post office misplaced a package internally a couple of times, but it was found within a couple of days.

    Good luck.
    Last edited by nutmegger; 09-11-2018 at 01:14 PM.


    Reply With Quote
     

  9. Collapse Details
    #9
    DVXuser Sponsor Jim Martin's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Los Angeles
    Posts
    1,002
    Default
    Sorry to hear this Eric.....hang in there and please do post the serial numbers....
    Jim Martin
    CinemaWorks


    Reply With Quote
     

  10. Collapse Details
    #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    Location
    Australia
    Posts
    1,119
    Default
    Good luck Eric, this sucks. Fingers crossed re insurance. Check local and non-local craigslist, eBay etc. (I'm sure you've thought of this).

    I think physically preventing people from entering is your best bet. These days it seems like neighbors ignore house or car alarms when they hear them but it might tell the criminal to get out of there faster and end up taking less.

    Does anyone keep their gear in a secure storage facility?
    Last edited by rob norton; 09-11-2018 at 02:47 PM.


    Reply With Quote
     

Page 1 of 10 12345 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •