Most Stolen Cameras of 2015
This infographic is published by Lenstag: https://www.lenstag.com/ a company that register cameras, lenses… The registry is free. It’s also possible to use Lenstag when buying used equipment on Craig’s list or eBay to see if it was stolen.
“I’m much more interested in solving the problem of camera and lens theft with Lenstag than making money,” Trevor Sehrer (Lenstag founder) said. “The site doesn’t cost a lot of time or money to operate since users only need it when their set of gear changes and the verification system can scale quickly to as many verifiers as I need to get through any backlog.”
The service is free but Trevor Sehrer is eventually looking at partnering with insurance providers.
The Canon 5D Mark III with the 24-70 f/2.8L II was the most stolen camera in 2015 for the second year in a row. In 2013, Nikon was the dubious winner of the most stolen cameras with the D7000.
The location for most stolen photographic equipment? Rental cars. Most car rental companies have logos and stickers on the rear of the vehicle. The only rental company (to my knowledge) that doesn’t mark their cars as rentals is Hertz. Rental cars and out of province/state cars are also consistently targeted.
Italy and especially Rome is the place with the most camera theft, followed in #2 by the UK with London, just like in 2014. In 2015, Australia with Melbourne beat Spain with Barcelona (#3 in 2014) for the number 3 spot of the most likely places to get your camera stolen.