chrysegle

Comments by chrysegle

A Warm Welcome to the Neighborhood...Or Not

I'm thinking mainly of your most expensive camera but this may apply to the other equipment. Find your warranty docs and make sure you register the serial numbers with some of the main stolen camera/stolen property sites. Many photographers, before investing significantly in second-hand equipment will check serial numbers online because in many countries the purchaser would eventually lose out if it turns out to be stolen property. Also, make sure that your product's serial numbers are registered with the manufacturer even after the event. Official service centres routinely check serial numbers too when servicing and may question owners if the registered details are different or they have notification of stolen property. The thieves will likely quickly pawn off the equipment at a fraction of the value - someone down the line should suspect that it is stolen goods and so if you get those serial numbers up in the common registries ASAP, a camera dealer that purchases the goods will have much less of a defence of, 'I never realised it was stolen'. As I say, the sooner the better as rather than specifically search stolen property/camera registries, a dealer/purchaser may simply Google the serial number and it takes time for Google to catalogue updated web content. I just invested in a Nikon D3 body at a surprisingly low price. Before handing over my money I took a test photo, got the serial number from the file and checked it online to verify that it hadn't been registered as stolen somewhere in the world. Had I found the serial on any site, I would have contacted the actual owner and probably tipped off the local police. I would have checked for any digital SLR or significant lens investment. Here are some sites that may be useful, but I recommend you spend a wee while checking for others: http://photo.net/registry/ http://www.icameradb.com/listsearchresults.php?... http://www.stolen-property.com/
— April 25, 2010 10:18 a.m.

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