AndyEastMids From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 2 Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4119 times:
LAX Imperial Hill - warning
Last week a friend of mine had over $15000 worth of camera gear (1D4 x 2, 500mm etc) taken from a rental car parked on Imperial Hill at LAX. He was distracted by a guy wanting directions and whilst his attention was diverted another guy pulled the camera gear out of my friend's rental car. The thieves rapidly left the scene in a car driven by a third guy before they could be stopped.
So, just a recommendation to be careful up on the Hill... If they got away with it once they may try again, and many of us have a lot of valuable gear with us up there.
WakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1291 posts, RR: 18 Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4030 times:
Was the car unlocked or were the windows down? How did they get the gear so fast without making a scene?
PS This is a good lesson for anyone with expensive gear to have an insurance policy. I insure $10,000+ of camera gear for around $120 per year. It covers all losses anywhere in the world.
nickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 120 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 3899 times:
I would have your friend check with their auto insurance policy, and depending on the policy, they might be able to recover some of the damages/theft from the rental vehicle.
Check with the credit card company that the car was rented on, if that applies.
Shame that something like this had to happen, but still, there are options and perhaps your friend can afford new equipment now. It won't bring back the images on his cards if they were stolen also, but still, it is something.