You might have seen photographers tweeting about it, your favorite YouTubers talking about it, or maybe read about it online. It’s the Change.org petition, started by Louis Chan, asking camera manufacturers to build in anti-theft technologies into camera systems, especially the high-end cameras and lenses used by pros. Chan started the petition after being robbed of his gear at gunpoint. As I write this, more than 3,000 people have signed the petition. So what does it actually mean?
The other day, my news feed included a story about a photographer who had his gear stolen. It seems like this happens on a fairly regular basis, so I asked Google about stolen photography gear and got more than 857,000 results, ranging from well-known nature photographers to a local wedding photographer in circumstances ranging from a stolen bag at an overseas airport to auto break ins to snatch and runs. Accidental damage to your gear is another expensive and unanticipated problem you’ll hear about if you’re around enough photographers. Hmmm. Time to reexamine my own photography insurance coverage and make sure I am appropriately covered. Good thing one of NANPA’s member benefits is photography insurance underwritten by Chubb and administered by Rand Insurance in the US. (Front Row Insurance Brokers offers gear insurance for NANPA members in Canada). There’s even a discount code for NANPA members!