Camera Security Bags

Protection for Camera Gear in Mobile Environments
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Camera Security Bags - Anti-Theft Bags for Camera Gear


The safety and security of cameras from theft is a very important topic among those who travel as well as professional photographers - which is why camera security bags are the perfect solution to protect camera gear and more importantly, digital images that can't be replaced.  With one of the various styles, you now you have several camera security bag solutions.

The following will provide a little more background information on how cameras are stolen, resources to help people find stolen cameras, as well as a variety of new security security bags designed to help protect camera equipment, which until recently, few solutions were available.

Most Common Locations where Camera Gear is Stolen

While many photographers will tell you the only safe place for your camera and related gear is when you are holding it - anything or anywhere else has varying degrees of vulnerability.  The following are the most common locations where cameras are stolen:

Cameras Stolen when Left in Vehicles

We have all done it - left an expensive camera in a bag inside a parked vehicle.  While just going into a restaurant or if left momentarily in the trunk of a car during a photo shoot, cars are extremely easy to break into with a small screwdriver or by simply smashing the window.  One entry is made, the camera bag is simply removed and you gear is in the wind.

Camera Gear Stolen when Left Unattended at Photo Shoots


Very common theft locations - depending on the amount of public who is at the location.  If you have several cameras or other gear you need to set down during a photo shoot - how safe if the bag from someone just picking up the bag and walking away?  Especially if the shoot is in a public location.  Until now, photographers had little option to secure gear left in photo shoots with unknown people having access to the area.

Cameras Stolen From Hotel Rooms

Enter the words "camera stolen from hotel room" in Google and you will get back 418,000 hits (yes I know not all are directly related, but you get the idea) and you will find countless entries of cameras being stolen out of hotel rooms, pool areas, and other related locations.  The problem with hotel rooms is that if the in room safe will hot hold your camera gear, how do you secure it from theft when the maid is cleaning the room?  This is a big concern if someone walks in when a thief pretends your room is theirs and maid will usually let them in if they play the part.  Now you have viable camera anti theft solutions to protect your gear left in hotel rooms, the pool, 

Camera Theft at the Beach or Outdoor Locations

How many times have you taken your camera gear outdoors ended up leaving it unattended for one reason or another.  It is very easy for someone to just walk up, pick up your camera bag and walk away.  The beach is another that is ripe with snatch and run camera thefts.  Several camera bag security solutions are now available to protect cameras at these locations.

Camera Security Bag Solutions

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The following are a few of the new camera security bags available on the market today.  it should be noted that any bag, no mater how many or strong the security features are - can be stolen with the right tools and time.  These camera security bags are designed to make them a deterrent from the opportunist camera thief, or other person who makes a living on stealing cameras from car trunks, hotels, or other non-secured locations.

 CamSafe 200 Security Camera Bag

PacSafe CamSafe 200 Security Camera Bag Model No. PD001

The CamSafe 200 Camera Shoulder Bag is perfect for photography enthusiasts who need to know that their gear is secure and protected, whatever the location.
The CamSafe 200 can be customized to fit a digital SLR camera with zoom lens, flash and extra lens. It also has specially designed pockets for smaller items such as cords, batteries and SD cards. 

The CamSafe 200 is the larger version of the CamSafe 100 which can be found here for review.

Slashproof Security Shoulder Strap

The PacSafe CamSafe 200 Security Camera Bag has a variety of security features, including:

  • A heavy duty anti-theft security strap that allows the CamSafe to be carried over the shoulder, around the waist, or by hand. The CamSafe 200 Slashproof Security Strap features steel wire cables woven into the entire length of both sides of the strap. 
  • The inclusion of these steel wires makes them very difficult to cut, or be pulled from the CamSafe bag by force. Additionally, these straps provide extra strength and support of the CamSafe bag.
  • The shoulder strap is fully adjustable so it can be worn over the shoulder or around the waist. 
  • The strap can be extended for a full hang length of 28 inches, or shortened to 16 inches. 
  • When the strap is worn around the waist, the combination lock prevents someone from unhooking the strap from behind and taking the case.

CamSafe 200 Combination Lock Prevents Bag Pilferage and Theft 

The security strap features a built-in 3 dial metal combination lock which is permanently attached to the strap with a steel "D" ring. The CamSafe combination lock is used to secure the bag to a fixed object such as a chair, pole, car seat track, or desk.

The lock can also be deployed without using changing the combination, allowing the bag to be temporally attached and removed. 

PacSafe CamSafe Camera Security Bag Comparison Chart

The CamSafe is available in two different sizes.  The below comparison chart provides the differences between the two.  If you would like to visit the CamSafe 100, click here after reviewing the chart.

  CamSafe 100
Camera Security Bag

CamSafe 200
Camera Security Bag
Height 9.8 inches 12.5 inches
Width 6.6 5.9
Tall 8.2 9.8
Weight 1.7 Lbs 2 Lbs
Volume 4 Liters - 244 inches 9 Liters - 549 Inches
Strap Length Max 58.5 in 58.5 in
Strap Length Min 35.9 in 35.9 in
     
Security Features Same Same
     
Front Organization Pocket    
     
Slide-In Pockets 2 which are 2.5 inches wide

2 which are 4 inches wide
1 which is 2 inches wide

Zippered Clear Pocket 3 inches by 6.5 inches, not zippered, clear slide in 6 .5 inches by 4 inches - zippered
Pen Holders 1 2
Front Mesh Pocket 7 x 5 inches 10 x 7 inches
Front Mesh Slots 3 4
     
Main Compartment    
     
Depth 7.5 inches 9 inches
Wide 9.8 inches 12.5 inches
Camera -Lens Compartments 2 with one divider 3 with two dividers - due to extra height, the 2nd divider
allows items to be stacked on each other
Internal compartments 2 slide in 4 x 4 inches 2 slide in   5.5 x 4 inches
Memory/Battery Compartment Not Included 11 inches long, and 3 inches tall.  Sewn into the
entire length of the pocket are 4 elastic slots,
each one being 2 inches tall by 2 inches wide -
ideal for memory cards or extra batteries.
     
Rear Pocket    
     
Size 8.5 x 6 inches 8 x 11 inches - large enough for maps, book, or other larger flat items.
     
Shoulder Strap    
     
Shoulder Strap Nylon Strap Only  - NO PAD  Includes removable shoulder pad

DuffelSafe 100 Security Duffel bag for Camera Equipment

DuffelSafe 100, Secure Duffel Bag by PacSafe

A high security carry-all. The DuffelSafe 100 is a versatile, duffel bag that is equipped with 3 anti-theft design features and multiple carrying options.  Ideal for safeguarding camera equipment, dive gear, or laptops.

The DuffelSafe 100 is Pac-Safe’s newest and largest security bag and is the perfect anti-theft duffel bag for home or away. When traveling, the Duffel Safe 100 is small enough to be carried on a plane and durable enough to be checked in. Several strap options make it comfortable to carry, whatever your preference.

The DuffelSafe 100 is the only security duffel bag on the market which features the patented Pac-Safe eXomesh security system (built-in stainless steel mesh cage, which protects the bags contents from theft).   If you want to secure your gear in a hotel, vehicle, or change room, simply cinch the laminated eXomesh security system closed, then lock the heavy duty security cable around a secure fixture....that’s it.  This is the largest, security bag on the market today. 

Security Features of the PacSafe DuffelSafe 100 

Rugged Construction  

The PacSafe DuffelSafe 100 is made from rip-resistant 840 ballistic nylon.  This is the same rugged material used by the military.

Slice Proof Interlocking Exomesh Wire Mesh Construction

The DuffelSafe 100 features the exclusive PacSafe eXomesh interlocking security system. The eXomesh security system is a new revolution in bag security.

eXomesh technology uses a combination of lightweight, flexible, high tensile 1.5 mm stainless steel cable and crimps to create a slash-proof core protective cell with a “mean” cable strength of approximately 198kg.

The photo to the left shows the ballistic panel pulled back to expose the steel eXomesh security system.

  

 

The core protective stainless steel system is fused with a rugged yet lightweight weather-proof next generation nylon laminate to provide added protection against the elements and keep personal items and valuables safe, secure and discretely out of sight.

Video Demonstration of the DuffelSafe 100 - Click to watch video - turn on speakers   

PacSafe DuffelSafe Strong Locking System

The locking system of the PacSafe DuffelSafe features a metal reinforced, high tensile stainless steel draw-wire, reinforced with a high-impact resistant polycarbonate material - the same laminate used in bulletproof glass.

When deployed and locked, the steel locking cable has a total length of 30 inches (76cm) which is available to be wrapped around a fixed object. 

 The above photo shows the hardened locking system.  The security cable locking nut (brass nut on steel cable) has been slid through the locking system which hold it in place.  The other end of the steel cable has been wrapped around a secure object then brought back around to be secured to the locking system with the padlock.

Lock your gear in your trunk or other location (as long as it has a secure fixture) with the DuffelSafe

The following are a few photos showing the DuffelSafe secured within various vehicles

 

DuffelSafe Anti-Theft Features

  • The Duffel Safe 100 locks closed using the include 30mm brass padlock and patented locking device.  
  • The locking cable which secures the DuffelSafe 100 to a secure device is a heavy duty, 4 mm high-tensile stainless steel cable (which zips neatly away when not in use).  The total length of the cable is 4.5 feet stretched, so when it is doubled back to the locking device, it would be half that size.  The security cable is plastic coated.
  • Laminated between the inner and outer layers of the bag is the Pac-Safe patented, slash proof high-tensile stainless steel mesh which keeps the bags contents secure. 
  • Optional Camera Insert available to secure your camera gear (see below)

To see additional DuffelSafe 100 photos and information, click here

To see additional DuffelSafe 100 photos and information, click here

Outdoor Photographer Magazine Review of the DuffelSafe

Recently Outdoor Photographer published an in-depth review of the DuffelSafe which specifically relates to providing security for camera equipment.  Click here for the review.

PacSafe DuffelSafe Camera Insert 

Duffelsafe camera insert, camera security, anti theft camera bagIf your camera gear is important, then the DuffelSafe Camera Insert is a must have to provide that added protection when carried inside your DuffelSafe.  

The Camera Insert is an optional accessory divider made specifically by PacSafe for the DuffelSafe.  Designed to be placed inside the DuffelSafe. 

The PacSafe DuffelSafe Camera Insert is held in place by a Velcro base which is sewn onto the bottom of the Camera Insert.  The camera insert is then attached to the partner Velcro which is sewn into the bottom of all DuffelSafe’s.

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This drawing shows an example of the different camera items that will fit inside the DuffelSafe Camera Insert.

Note that due to the depth of the Camera Insert, many items may be double stacked in each compartment

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DuffelSafe Features Customized, Adjustable Dividers for your Camera Gear 

Inside the PacSafe Camera Insert are 11 soft, and fully padded dividers which can be moved and customized according to your equipment’s needs by use of the Velcro base strips on the bottom of each divider. 

 

Organize and protect your camera gear with DuffelSafe 

Use the Duffelsafe Camera Insert to fit your own
individual camera gear such as:  

  • Lens,
  • Tapes/CD’s
  • Other fragile valuables

 

 

DuffelSafe Camera Insert Additional Information    

  • The PacSafe DuffelSafe Camera Insert features a padded lid which is held in place with (2) adjustable webbing straps. 
     
  • The insert contains 11 padded dividers with Velcro fixture points so they can be organized and customized to fit your equipment snugly. One of the dividers has a zippered section in order to store DVD's / CD's, etc. 
  • Insert also has a Velcro base so it sits firmly inside the DuffelSafe 100.

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Duffelsafe Camera Insert Specifications: 

Dimensions:  18 x 8 x 10.5 inches
Materials:  400 x 400 Denier Nylon exterior, Soft Banlin Material inside
Weight:   2 lbs. 14 oz

 





 PacSafe DaySafe 200

Pacsafe Daysafe 200 Security Backpack for Camera Gear

The PacSafe DaySafe 200 is the largest of the security packs by Pacsafe. It creates a tamper-proof safe for valuable items, such as camera gear, laptops, or other important items while giving you complete peace of mind while on the move. Security in hotels, dorms, libraries, vehicles, and meeting rooms. 

The DaySafe 200 looks just like an ordinary daypack, however its security mesh netting that is built into the DaySafe 200 is what makes it stand apart from the rest.

Video Demonstration of DaySafe 200


Product Diagram of the Daysafe 200

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Daysafe 200 Design Features

  • Slash proof high tensile stainless steel mesh interior
  • Locks to a secure fixture
  • Removable Exomesh security compartment
  • 30mm brass padlock and three keys
  • Steel reinforced polycarbonate locking device
  • Adjustable, padded shoulder straps for comfortable fit
  • Front zippered organizer pocket for convenience
  • Light reflective interior
  • Internal laptop/document sleeve
  • Weather proof
  • Outer and side mesh pockets
  • Designed for travel and everyday use
  • Top carry handle
  • Airport security x-ray friendly  

 Organizational Features

  • Cell phone pocket built into shoulder strap.
  • Front zippered organizer pocket keeps track of your smaller essentials such as sunglasses and more.
  • Front mesh pocket is large enough to stash a jacket.
  • Side mesh pockets are ideal for water bottles.
  • Includes a sleeve for a laptop, documents, or files.

 

Locking main compartment 
Inside the PacSafe DaySafe 200 is a compartment  called the innersafe. It is lined with steel mesh, cinches closed with a steel cable and locks tight with a padlock. 

Once secured the contents within the bag are safe and cannot be removed.  The photo to the right depicts the inside top of the bag cinched closed. 
 

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Locks to a stationary item
The steel flexi-cable which cinches the bag closed is long, and when pulled out, loops around a stationary object and then locks back onto the pack, to keep it from being taken by a thief. 

Additionally, one of the shoulder straps has a quick release security clip allowing you to secure the DaySafe 200 to a chair or other item when you have to briefly set it down.

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Removable Exomesh Insert or InnerSafe - Great for securing a laptop, camera and/or lens, or other valuables

Inside the DaySafe 200 is the removable Innersafe. Removed, the innersafe can be used just as easily as when it is in the pack as a portable safe.  The top of the removable Exomesh insert contains the security locking system shown above.  Additionally, inside the Innersafe is a padded laptop sleeve. Holds 15 inch laptops and some 17 inch!

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The above photographs show the InnerSafe insert removed and used as a stand-alone portable security safe.  (Note:  The InnerSafe can be purchased separately.  See the Travel Safe Category.)

Pacsafe Daysafe 200  Additional Features

Organization Compartment
Located on the outside of the Daysafe 200 is a zippered organizational compartment which allows you quick access to frequently needed items such as maps, guidebooks, and other items.   The organizational features are mounted on a removable fabric plate so you remove the entire compartment if needed.

A key clip is sewn inside this compartment so you can quickly find your keys.  

An external security catch which secures this outside compartment  is mounted on the outside of the DaySafe 200.  Once the catch is deployed, it can't be opened from behind without your knowledge.

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Looks and wears like a standard day pack
The DaySafe can be worn  slung over one shoulder or both.  Additionally, the pack can be carried by the vulcanized rubber handle at the top of the bag.  The photos to the right show the adjustable, padded shoulder straps and top carry handle.

Adjustable Shoulder and Sternum Straps
The comfortable shoulder straps are padded and are woven into an over-the-shoulder harness. Additionally, the pack includes a sternum strap which keeps the pack snug to your body. All of the pack straps are adjustable.

Quick Release Strap
One of the shoulder straps has a quick release security clip allowing you to secure the DaySafe 200 to a chair or other item when you have to briefly set it down.  Each shoulder strap has the patented "slashproof" security cable woven into the full length of each strap.

Pacsafe DaySafe 200 backpack

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Comfort Design
The back of the Pacsafe DaySafe 200 was built for comfort when worn as a backpack or simply slung over one shoulder. 

The DaySafe has three two inch thick foam pads which rest on the back's main pressure points. 

The pads are covered in a breathable cotton/nylon material with "airwicks" which help disperse moisture.

The retractable cable snakes inside the nylon cased and out of the way.  Outside of being used for travel and camera security, it is also used as a laptop safe.



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Slice Proof Interlocking Exomesh Wire Mesh Construction

This Pacsafe  DaySafe 200 is one of the most secure  backpacks on the market and is the only one that features the exclusive Pacsafe EXomesh interlocking security system.

The eXomesh security system is a new revolution in bag security. eXomesh technology uses a combination of lightweight, flexible, high tensile 1.5 mm stainless steel cable and crimps to create a slash-proof core protective cell with a mean cable strength of approximately 198kg.

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The core protective stainless steel system is fused with a rugged yet lightweight weather-proof next generation nylon laminate to provide added protection against the elements and keep personal items and valuables safe, secure and discretely out of sight.

PacSafe Daysafe 200 Strong Locking System

The locking system of the PacSafe DaySafe 200 features a metal reinforced, high tensile stainless steel draw-wire, reinforced with a high-impact resistant polycarbonate material - the same laminate used in bulletproof glass.

This locking system makes entry to the top of the bag virtually impossible, while  allowing the bag to be secured to immovable objects. Each PacSafe DaySafe 200 includes a hardened shackle brass padlock with three keys.

Additional Camera Security Products


To view a variety of Camera Security Bags, visit www.corporatetravelsafety.com which has a variety of travel safety products.  Within that website is a page is just contains camera security products.  To see a complete selection of camera security products, or to order a camera security bag, visit www.CorporateTravelSafety.com.

Stolen Camera Registries - Places to Search or Register Stolen Cameras

The theft of camera gear can be devastating to a photographer, which is why several websites were created so people had a place to register their stolen camera equipment.  Just take a look at the following website.  Stolen camera gear can be entered by manufactures such as Canon, Nikon, Hasseblad, Minolta, Olympus, and other camera manufacture names, and you will see thousands of people who have had their cameras and gear stolen and are desperately looking for its return.  Hopefully by viewing the below websites will get you to pay more attention to safeguarding your camera gear and digital images from theft in a mobile environment.

The following are additional websites that allow people to register their stolen camera gear:

To see a complete selection or to order a Camera Security Bag, visit
www.CorporateTravelSafety.com

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