London photographers, take extra care of your kit

March 17 , 2014 by: Daniela Bowker Newsflash!

There have been reports of people acting suspiciously in the vicinity of photographers in central London over the past few days.

On Saturday, Luke Robinson noticed someone keeping vulture-like eyes on photographers around Waterloo Bridge and the Southbank. The person in question was holding an SLR lens, but no body, bag, or other kit. Robinson spotted the ‘dodgy chap’ as he headed towards him, but swerved out of the way at the last minute.

Today, AFP photographer Leon Neal reported seeing ‘two masked men riding a black scooter with taped-up number plates, doing laps of Westminster Magistrates court, checking out gear.’ The motocyclists aborted their third pass when Neal and his colleagues made it clear they had been noticed. However, there are now reports that both Sky and BBC news crews have been targeted, with cars broken into and gear stolen.

Please be extra vigilant, report suspect behaviour, and don’t place yourself in unnecessary danger. Remember: you’re worth more than your kit.

About Daniela

This post was written by Daniela Bowker, who has written 1396 articles for Photocritic

Daniela has written three books on photography, contributed to several others, and acted as the editorial consultant on many more.

Her newest book, Social Photography, is currently available as a digital download as well as in bookshops in the UK and US.

You might also want to check out her exploration of other-worldly photographic creations, Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, and Photo School Fundamentals, for which she contributed the section on composition.


  • As a keen photographer in London, I have to say that I have always felt very safe due to the number of CCTV cameras there are around. I know from experience that nothing much will be done by the Police until people start reporting theft or robbery of their gear…. then crime figures go up and the local officers are duty bound to do something about it.

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