We know a lot of photographers are currently making the pilgrimage to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, so we wanted to make an important (albeit obvious) PSA: Be careful with your camera in Rio.
Worries of increased theft in Rio surrounding the international event have proven true in the days leading up to the opening ceremonies. Some of the robberies have at least provided some comic relief to all of the problems plaguing the games: A Chinese hurdler was fake-vomited on as a rouse to steal his luggage.
In a more concerning case, News Corp photographer Brett Costello was robbed of $40,000 in imaging gear in just 10 seconds. It’s perhaps scary that the incident occurred in broad daylight—in a crowded café. Apparently, he was momentarily distracted by a young woman asking for help when a group of thieves stormed in, taking his camera into a sketchy getaway van.
I can commiserate. I was myself robbed of a camera on a trip to the Galapagos in broad daylight—in a crowded plaza. A man tapped on my shoulder and pointed down to ask me if a keychain on the ground was mine, and by the time I looked up another had swiped my DSLR.
“I’m gutted and I feel stupid that I wasn’t wise to their plan,” he tells The Courier Mail. “I know that I’ll probably never see my bag or gear again.”
We feel ya, Brett. Stay vigilant photographers!
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