June 26, 2022

Where NOT to bring your camera in San Francisco

The news reports on the thefts normally arent extremely specific about the precise area of the break-ins, so I believed I d just point them out here, in a little bit more detail, before you, like me, get victim to electronic camera theft in the city.

Do understand that the most prominent criminal activities have been those ravaging” smash and grabs” from parked automobiles packed with pricey items while the travelers were out enjoying the city. These kinds of crimes are up 750% in tourist spots, specifically Fishermans Wharf and the Palace of Fine Arts.

As you know, there has actually regretfully been a raft of cam thefts in San Francisco lately, putting a spotlight on locations you might want to think twice about carrying costly camera equipment with you the next time you go to.

Thats why indications are now published all over the city, urging people to leave nothing in their cars and trucks.

Street sign in Fishermans Wharf

Crissy Field

With its picturesque area, a huge green park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this is among the leading areas for smash and grabs. Its also where I had a Sony A7RIV, 70-200mm G Master 2.8 lens, Manfrotto tripod and Rode Wireless Go II microphones taken in 2021, as I was talking into the electronic camera and recording a segment. Law enforcement was blase when I reported the criminal activity, counseling me that I d never see the equipment again, and that the odds of catching the burglars were remote. Even though some locals had actually captured the license plate of their vacation cars and truck. The polices were. No arrest was ever made.

Here are a few of the San Francisco spots to be additional cautious in.

Trip automobile makes off with my loot from Crissy Field, San Francisco

Golden Gate Bridge from Marin Headlands

One photographer, Joe Greer, kept in mind on Twitter that he stepped out of the vehicle for 5 minutes to get a shot, just to return and discover his windows smashed in, and $30,000 worth of gear taken. FYI: the Battery Spencer park is typically pointed out by many as remaining in “San Francisco” while in fact, once again, it is over the bridge, on Conzelman Road in Sausalito, a different, but close-by city.

we are safe however our journey had a disastrous ending 2 days in. stopped at battery spencer Park in SF for 5 minutes to snap some images returned to our vehicle windows smashed, travel suitcases, electronic cameras, all film, all computers, hard drives, all gone. continued … pic.twitter.com/EqsfyW16ut
— joe greer (@ioegreer) June 4, 2021

Marin Headlands

The hands-down finest area for photographing the Golden Gate Bridge, from high up a hill near Sausalito, is where people park their automobiles and approach get their shot. One change now is that signs alert tourists to not leave anything in the cars and truck, due to the heavy smash and get concerns in the location. You cant miss the indications. Regretfully, not everyone pays attention.

Smash and Grab alerting indication in Marin Headlands

Beyond the smash and grabs, a high profile stalking at the Headlands occurred recently to professional photographer Louis Chan, who was photographing the Bridge. He was followed as he drove house to the San Francisco residential area or Fremont, where brazen scoundrels smashed his back vehicle window in the driveway and stole his camera bag. Security electronic cameras taped the entire home encounter.

City view from Treasure Island

Another television news crew snafu, as a security guard working for TV station KRON was assassinated in November 2021, on the 300 block of 14th Street. An Oakland burglary likewise happened to a staff professional photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle on the 1400 block of Fifth Street as he was reporting a story. He was held up, and lost his 2 video cameras.

As the real estate photography group was in traffic, waiting to get on the highway, thieves leapt out of their automobile, smashed the back window, took the video camera bag with $7,000 worth of equipment and drove away. The crime was likewise captured on video by a camera in a Tesla that was behind the car.

Treasure Island

Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks


Many smash and grabs ended up being so typical at Twin Peaks, which pays for a fantastic overhead view of the city, that TV station KPIX came to examine. While the press reporter was doing the story, an armed thief approached and took his news electronic camera.

Why is this taking place?

The ease of dumping stolen goods on sites like Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Amazon let burglars re-sell hot products within minutes, and minus any traces of their identities. The San Francisco D.A.s office, which has actually come under fire for ignoring to pursue these thefts, recently announced that a local cam store was a front for re-selling taken things.

” The Bay Area seems significantly dangerous for professional photographers and photojournalists as video camera equipment is typically targeted for its worth and how easy it is to sell,” kept in mind Petapixel editor in primary Jaron Schneider recently.

Why have burglars turned to electronic cameras (along with other things?) As point and shoots have actually vanished, and many individuals turned to fancier, more intricate electronic cameras, it is popular that the cost on these models begin at $1,000 and increase and up, with much of the most popular brands costing $2,000 to $3,000 without a lens. Include another $2,500 approximately for them, and a great professional photographer bag haul could bring $5,000 to $10,000 and up.

What to do?

Still visit San Francisco. Its the most photogenic city in the U.S., I believe, and in spite of the crime and homeless issues, its still an unbelievable place to visit.


Dont flash your elegant equipment in high-profile theft locations. Think two times about going to some of these areas with big video cameras and pricey glass.

Dont leave cameras bags in the automobile.

Do not leave anything in the cars and truck. Duration.

There are alternative methods to picture the Golden Gate Bridge. Board a ferry boat and get a shot that way, or dish out $219 to hop a seaplane in Sausalito for a wonderful view from above. Whos going to rob you there?

What are your thoughts?

About the Author

Jefferson Graham is a Los Angeles-based writer-photographer, the host of the “Photowalks” travel photography series on YouTube, and co-host of the iPhone Photo Show podcast, a former USA TODAY tech columnist and working photographer. You can find more of Jeffs deal with his site, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. This article was also released here and shared with approval.

As point and shoots have actually vanished, and lots of people turned to fancier, more sophisticated cams, it is well known that the rate tags on these designs begin at $1,000 and go up and up, with many of the most popular brand names offering for $2,000 to $3,000 without a lens. Believe two times about going to some of these locations with huge cameras and pricey glass.

Its also where I had a Sony A7RIV, 70-200mm G Master 2.8 lens, Manfrotto tripod and Rode Wireless Go II microphones stolen in 2021, as I was talking into the camera and taping a segment. As the genuine estate photography group was in traffic, waiting to get on the freeway, burglars jumped out of their car, smashed the back window, stole the electronic camera bag with $7,000 worth of gear and drove away. The criminal offense was also recorded on video by a video camera in a Tesla that was behind the cars and truck.