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Travelling to the Dominican, is DSLR safe?

 
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Dec 30, 2009 11:07 |  #1

I'll be going to a resort soon, and would like to take my DSLR with a few lenses. The room has a safe, but,... how safe is it to leave camera gear in the hotel room (inside the safe)?


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Dec 30, 2009 11:10 |  #2

dsldub wrote in post #9289828 (external link)
I'll be going to a resort soon, and would like to take my DSLR with a few lenses. The room has a safe, but,... how safe is it to leave camera gear in the hotel room (inside the safe)?

In the safe it should be fine. I wouldn't leave it laying on the bed or something in the room though. If you hide the rest of it, you may be okay, but I'd get travelers insurance.


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Dec 30, 2009 11:53 |  #3

I presume you mean Dominican Republic... it's safe, just take normal traveller precautions. I go every year to the less traveled end of the country, visiting slums around Santo Domingo, Santiago and Dajabon, various rural farms and some of the north coast beach towns. With basic street smarts I've never had a problem. As anywhere, however, you are more likely to get people targeting tourists in the resort areas than the "normal" areas of a poor country, so just keep an eye on your stuff at all times or use the safe.




  
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Dec 30, 2009 12:03 as a reply to  @ scotteisenphotography's post |  #4

Inside the safe in the room should be fine, it's outside the room that you should worry about. While tourist areas in most countries are considered "safe," they usually mean from violent crime. Theft though is generally higher in those areas. I have been to El Salvador multiple times and there are some places I won't even take my camera, it just makes me too much of a target. Looking at your gear it will be a little difficult to be discreet, but the less you can carry around as you are walking the better. I have used one of the smaller sling-type bags before as it's more difficult for someone to grab it and run like a shoulder bag. Backpacks scream tourist and are easy for someone to get stuff out of as well unless you are using something like a Lowepro Flipside where the zippers are against your back when you wear it. For my strap I use the Black Rapid R-strap but before I go back to Central America again I will be getting a Sun Sniper Steel which has a braided steel cable running through it that would be extremely difficult to cut through so someone couldn't cut the strap easily and take off with the camera.


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Jan 02, 2010 19:31 |  #5

Yes, the Dominican Republic.
My main concern is leaving the camera gear in the room while I'm out on the water or similar. I don't want to carry the camera with me 24/7. How good are the in-room safes? Are they like the ones in the hotels here, where you slide a credit card and punch in a code?
Well, outside the resort, I would only take one lens at the most, maybe the telephoto, with the 18-55mm attached to the camera.
I can always resort to my P&S, and leave the DSLR home...


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Jan 02, 2010 19:33 |  #6

If you're in the capitol, I'd get a Pacsafe steel cable strap. I use it for travel, but also in NYC, where everyone with a camera is a target for a slash-the-strap and grab. It's become my only strap.


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Jan 02, 2010 19:50 as a reply to  @ tvphotog's post |  #7

I have been to the Dominican a few times and have never had a problem with theft from my room, however I use the safe for any valuables, passport wallets etc. I usually take a small pocket point and shoot camera as I have had my DSLR less than a year, one thing you could check on with the hotel or resort on the dimensions of the safe normally they are not to large, room probably for the camera but any big lenses I doubt would fit. Normally you would pay at the front desk and they would give you a key for the safe or a key and the tumbler to fit.
I am going to Mexico for my winter vacation this year and I am pondering the same things as you are


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Jan 02, 2010 19:52 |  #8

yourdoinitwrong wrote in post #9290198 (external link)
I will be getting a Sun Sniper Steel which has a braided steel cable running through it that would be extremely difficult to cut through so someone couldn't cut the strap easily and take off with the camera.

Enjoy getting your camera stolen after you've been stabbed, then.


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Jan 02, 2010 20:20 |  #9

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Enjoy getting your camera stolen after you've been stabbed, then.

I'm sure you're joking. The OP is not going to Johannesburg, only to the DR. In most places, thieves can get away with theft, but not assault or murder.


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Jan 02, 2010 20:41 |  #10

tvphotog wrote in post #9311054 (external link)
If you're in the capitol, I'd get a Pacsafe steel cable strap. I use it for travel, but also in NYC, where everyone with a camera is a target for a slash-the-strap and grab. It's become my only strap.

I'm curious though: how hard is it to cut through the original canon strap? It is pretty thick and seems tough enough that a thief couldn't just walk by and snip it. I feel like you would notice pretty quickly too


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Jan 02, 2010 20:50 |  #11

abjam77 wrote in post #9311431 (external link)
I'm curious though: how hard is it to cut through the original canon strap? It is pretty thick and seems tough enough that a thief couldn't just walk by and snip it. I feel like you would notice pretty quickly too

We're talking about a box cutter blade, not a pair of scissors.


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Jan 02, 2010 22:16 |  #12

I know, but even with a box cutter I still think it would be pretty tough.


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Jan 02, 2010 22:23 |  #13

that's where I'm from. DR is pretty safe, especially if within the confines of a resort. Yes, I'd put it in the box as well. Have fun!


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Jan 02, 2010 22:53 |  #14

abjam77 wrote in post #9311953 (external link)
I know, but even with a box cutter I still think it would be pretty tough.

The connectors are nylon webbing just 3/8" thick. Not hard to cut, according to the NYPD. One guy distracts you, the other makes one cut, grabs the camera and pulls. Maybe it's just New York. Anyway, the PacSafe is a comfortable and flexible solution.


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Jan 02, 2010 23:03 |  #15

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In the safe it should be fine. I wouldn't leave it laying on the bed or something in the room though. If you hide the rest of it, you may be okay, but I'd get travelers insurance.

You wouldn't need to hide anything if you considered a Pacsafe option for the entire bag..
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