Camera theft alert
THE FOLLOWING alert came to the Freelance from Adam Christie, freelance rep on the NUJ's Health and Safety Committee, and job-share NUJ President.
Please inform appropriate colleagues that the Health & Safety committee was
this afternoon (5 May 2014) alerted by an NEC (NUJ's National Executive Committee) member at the BBC in London of thefts or attempted camera thefts recently, apparently by "what appears to be a gang of organised criminals around W1, in one incident inside a BBC building and even outside the High Court!".
BBC, Sky and ITN crews have reportedly been affected.
BBC management in London has been asked to review risk assessments for the area. If we get further information, the author will try to ensure that it is circulated.
In the meantime, freelances thinking of shooting material in that area should take extra care.
Also, chapels in newspapers where reporters are required to shoot video should also get their health and safety reps... to ask local managers for copies of risk assessment regarding the theft risks ofphotographic/video equipment - probably in any busy town/city centre - and ask for this to be reviewed urgently if necessary in light of this information.
The health and safety committee met on Monday May 19. This was on the agenda.If anyone has further questions, please e-mail email: email@example.com.
Further: if anyone can contribute helpful advice from colleagues or management,please copy this to the same e-mail address. Similarly, if anyone is aware of such thefts or threats happening elsewhere, would you please let us know?
Updates will follow when available.