JeffGreenberg

where do locals come up & warn you daily about camera theft???

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cities or places worldwide;

recently 15 nights 16 days Buenos Aires ARG;

10-12 times, mostly by local young adults, to be

careful with our cameras (RX10, RX10-III);

have been to ~50 largest urban areas worldwide,

yes there's crime in all, yes occasionally warned,

but NEVER experienced frequency like this, by end

of stay we were scraping walls as pedestrians to

avoid curbs & threat of ride-by-&-grab bicycle thieves;

we partly witness busy rush hour bicycle thief riding

away with iphone grabbed from woman talking whilst

waiting in line for bus;  trip was photo success, but

angst of clutching cameras against chest all the time...

 

not asking about typical range of petty crime, asking

about cities-places others have been in recent 3 yrs

where warnings were FREQUENT...?

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Santiago de Chile.

 

Attempted camera theft (but held onto it): Barcelona.

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Capetown, also Paris around Montmartre.

 

I'm in Belo Horizonte at the moment and lucky to be with a local that tells me where and when it's safe to pull out my camera (Nikon d800, really need to go mirrorless). I almost always carry it in a black plastic bag making it look like a cheap xmas present.

 

In Rio I'm extremely careful but haven't had  any issues yet (lots of security around tourist spots). I was at a local market and didn't have any issues, just lots of stares. Here's a blog post I wrote about my visit to that street market: 

 

https://brutallyhonestmicrostock.com/2017/12/17/brazilian-fruit-veg-street-market/

 

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I think I've posted this before, but it's worth posting for new forum members. This Real Hustle was set up but with an unsuspecting photographer (I knew that because to my extreme suprise I was contacted by the BBC team to see if anyone from my camera club was available to take part, but the only ones who were up to a trip to Edinburgh on the day to be filmed were quite old and I was scared they'd have a heart attack, even though I was to be there to reassure them), but an acquaintance had a similar thing happen to him in St Petersburg. In his case, he was surrounded by child beggars and could hardly move, and while he was trying to shake them off to go where he wanted to go, his lens had gone from his camera body (he was holding his bag tightly, not thinking of this possibility).

 

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Personally my troubles I had them in Barcelona (Spain) and Naples (Italy), also Rome around Colosseum and Termini station.

The only country I found relatively safe is Japan.:wub:

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I've been warned in Leon, Nicaragua, and have heard about cameras being snatched when people left them on tables at restaurants while going to the toilet.  Most Nicaraguans who own DSLRs or similar hold them like footballs if they go out at all with them (many more people own DSLRs than I've seen with them on the street).   Most thieves who are not specialists are looking for laptops, cell phones, jewelry, and cash. 

Nicaragua has the lowest reported crime rate in Central America.  Tourists need to understand this does not mean leaving stuff in the hotel lobby while checking the room is okay.  Violent crime is relatively rare, but not unheard of.  Petty theft is extremely common and almost never gets reported.  

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Warned in Paris - Louvre / New York - Manhattan / Barcelona - Las Ramblas about camera thieves

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