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Securing gear in the home
Michael Schwarz, Photographer
Decatur | GA | USA | Posted: 1:17 PM on 07.14.13
->> Was looking for some ideas for securing equipment in the home. Any of you folks using a safe or any other method to keep things secure.
Thanks,
Michael
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Bob Ford, Photographer
Lehighton | Pa | USA | Posted: 1:57 PM on 07.14.13
->> I use a Glock.

I don't think you'll get too many people responding saying that they don't use anything, at least I hope you won't, with how public this site is.

Gun safes work well, but with the amount of equipment some have it would be a tight squeeze.
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Steven E. Frischling, Photographer
New England | | | Posted: 2:05 PM on 07.14.13
->> Three large protective hunting dogs that are always out and walking around.
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Darin Sicurello, Photographer, Assistant
Gilbert | AZ | USA | Posted: 3:50 PM on 07.14.13
->> If you have a walk-in closet at home, convert it to a deadbolt and then you have a big safe.
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Jon Eilts, Photographer
College Station | TX | USA | Posted: 9:56 PM on 07.14.13
->> Darin - I am not sure if I would call that method exactly safe. A 1/2" thick piece of drywall is not exactly hard to get though, and neither is an interior door. Add in the fact that these people have just gotten into your home (where the exterior is wood at a minimum); it would be a speed bump at best.

I personally keep my gear in a gun safe bolted to the floor. It would take quite a long time to get into it, or even remove it. You can pick a good sized one up for under $1000. This option is also fireproof, just in case.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:37 PM on 07.14.13
->> http://www.georgezimmermansecurity.com

Too soon?

--Mark
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 10:55 PM on 07.14.13
->> I'm a journalist so I don't have an opinion (and I actually don't for real) on the Zimmerman case, but as someone who has had the pleasure of getting to know Tayvon Martin's parents (both of them kind and inviting people despite being utterly heartbroken) over the last year, well, I'd say yes, too soon... and too tacky.

Seriously Mark?
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 10:59 PM on 07.14.13
->> Oh and to prevent this topic from derailing:

I secure my gear with: insurance.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 11:25 PM on 07.14.13
->> Gun safe..... The tall large kind meant for keeping stores of rifles. Don't waste you money on the cheap tin can varieties. Search Craig's list or look at estate auctions/sales. Sometimes when gramps passes on and leaves his collection to the family the safe isn't needed.
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Mark Loundy, Photo Editor, Photographer
San Jose | CA | USA | Posted: 10:33 AM on 07.15.13
->> I guess any time would be too soon. Sorry about that.

--Mark
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Brian Blanco, Photographer
Tampa / Sarasota | FL | USA | Posted: 10:42 AM on 07.15.13
->> Thanks Mark... it's just that they're good people... so are you.
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David Bernal, Photographer
Glendora | CA | United States | Posted: 6:02 PM on 07.15.13
->> I agree with Eric.

I purchased a tall gun safe designed for rifles. It works great. Living in the LA area I waited for the LA County Fair, seems like many of the safe companies have booths at the fair and have their "Fair" sale prices. I got a great deal and delivery was included
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Randy Rimland, Photographer
Charlotte | NC | USA | Posted: 5:19 AM on 07.19.13
->> how do you secure your other valuables ?
INSURANCE, duh
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington - Normal | IL | United States | Posted: 9:18 AM on 07.19.13
->> Insurance is great for replacement, but if you need that 70-200 today, it was ripped off last night and the closet camera store refers you to Chicago - 120 miles away - because that type of gear is "too secy" for them to carry, the insurance isn't going to save you.

1. Don't post the address of where you store your camera.
2. Don't leave it all in one bag, make it hard for them to gather.
3. Subscribe to a security system. The police will be too late, but the noise and the one more object to overcome may make someone else a better target and you not so much.
4. Invest in the good gun style safe already talked about.
5.If you can at all, don't load and unload the gear even where your trusted neighbors can see you doing it. Loose lips sink ships.
6. Off load your images from your cards when you get to your home or office. If they get your gear, at least they don't get your assignment.

Give me a couple more minutes and I'll think of 6 more.
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Yamil Sued, Photographer, Photo Editor
Peoria | AZ | USA | Posted: 11:39 AM on 07.19.13
->> 1-Monitored Alarm System
2-Glock
3-Walk In Closet with Lock
4- Remington 870
5- Safe
6-FNH SCAR16
7- Alarm Sign
8-Ill tempered Cat with Diabetes
9-Lots of training with 2, 4 and 6
10-Maricopa County Sheriffs Deputy 3 houses down
11- Arizona's Castle Doctrine
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 12:57 PM on 07.19.13
->> Do not use your home address for business. Get a PO box or mail drop as an address and never give out your sleeping address.

Don't drape your car with these all-over decals proclaiming your photography business. Drive a slightly older car.

Use remote cameras (with an internet feed) in your place. Exterior should have motion-detection cameras on all sides of the house.

When you are gone for extended periods, set your TV on automatic on-off to simulate someone being home.

Use "Beware of the Pit Bull" stickers on your windows.

Store your camera bag in the rear of your place, preferably in the back of a walk-in closet w/ deadbolt lock.

Get some good insurance.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer, Photo Editor
PLANET | EARTH | | Posted: 2:55 PM on 07.20.13
->> I have a couple of claymore's on tripwires surrounding my stuff....but this is the best....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z2ucmARq-k
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