This article is a summary of a YouTube video "I got robbed of $16,000 worth of camera gear (Story time)" by Manny Ortiz

How I Lost $116,000 Worth of Camera Gear - Lessons Learned

TLDRIn this video, I share the story of how $116,000 worth of camera gear was stolen from me during a trip to Italy. I discuss the incident, the impact it had on my content creation, and the lessons I learned from the experience.

Key insights

😱Despite being vigilant, $116,000 worth of camera gear was stolen from me during a trip to Italy.

💼I had law enforcement experience and was always cautious, but it still happened to me.

📸The stolen gear included multiple cameras, lenses, GoPros, and filters.

💔Losing my gear impacted my content creation, forcing me to rely on my iPhone for filming.

🔒Insurance through PPA helped me recover $115,000 worth of gear and provided peace of mind.


How did the theft happen?

The theft occurred on a train in Italy. The thief took advantage of a momentary distraction to grab my bag.

Did you have insurance for the stolen gear?

Yes, I had insurance through PPA, which helped me recover most of the value of my stolen gear.

How did the incident impact your content creation?

I had to rely on my iPhone for filming and borrowed equipment during my trip. It affected the quality and convenience of my content creation.

What precautions will you take to prevent this from happening again?

I will be extra vigilant, use secure locks and storage options, and always have insurance for my gear.

What advice would you give to others to protect their camera gear?

Invest in insurance, stay vigilant, secure your gear while traveling, and consider using a personal alarm or tracking device.

Timestamped Summary

00:00Intro and sponsorship mention

08:16Narrating the incident of the camera gear theft on the train in Italy

30:41Discussing the impact of the theft on content creation and relying on an iPhone for filming

35:32Highlighting the importance of insurance and how PPA helped in recovering the value of the stolen gear

41:36Sharing personal experiences of theft stories from others while traveling

57:28Conclusion and final thoughts