Should You Leave Camera Equipment In Your Car?
It’s a question every keen amateur and professional photographer has asked themselves at least once in the past: should I leave my camera equipment in the car?
The answer, of course, isn’t always completely straightforward. Sometimes you don’t have any choice about where you leave your stuff. Perhaps, for instance, you’re at a multi-day wedding and you need to pack your equipment away overnight. Or maybe you’re on holiday and you don’t want to keep it all in the hotel room. Oftentimes, you’re pushed into a corner.
The answer, as the following infographic makes clear, is to try to avoid leaving DSLRs and other items in your vehicle if you can help if. If you absolutely must leave equipment in the car, you should take precautions to thwart opportunistic criminals. Simple things like putting items away in the boot can make all the difference in the world.
Insurance is another issue you need to consider. While many photographers get cover for their equipment, they aren’t always aware of insurance company rules. Of course, insurers will pay out if somebody forcibly breaks into your trunk and steals equipment. In that case, you’ve done everything you can reasonably be expected to do and your policy should cover you. However, leaving DSRLs in full view on the dashboard may be a breach of the terms of cover.
Want to learn more about how to protect camera gear from theft while in a car? If so, check out the following infographic. It provides tips and tells you what to do if you discover a theft.
By Athos Camera Gear Insurance
Janine Huldie says
Very interesting and definitely didn’t think about leaving expensive camera equipment in the car. But then again, you are the professional photographer, so totally appreciate your advice here if I ever do have to decide about leaving my camera in my car 🙂
Great tips to keep camera equipment and valuables safe!