£1 million of cameras, lenses etc…includes 5 C300s and 9 F3s from CVP in London

CVP in London were the victims of one of the biggest thefts in the industry on Friday when £1 million of gear was stolen from their warehouse.  This is from their website:

We’re disappointed to report that on Friday 17th February 2012 CVP became the victim of one of the industry’s largest thefts when a substantial quantity of cameras, camcorders, lenses and ancillaries with a street value of around £1M was stolen from our warehouse.


  • Canon  XH-A1S, XF100, XF105, XF300, XF305, EOS C300EF, EF24-70 f/2.8 camcorders
  • Sony HVR-Z5E, HVR-Z7E, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3, PMW-F3L, PMW-F3K, PDW-700, HDVF-20A, CBK-VF01, HKSR-9004
  • Sennheiser Evolution radio microphone systems
If the goods aren’t recovered by the Police then it is very likely that this equipment will end up on the open market.  Therefore to help safegard our customers (and competitors) from the associated risks we have today launched an on-line Stolen Equipment Register where you can easily enter as serial number and ascertain whether it’s been stolen from us or reported as stolen from elsewhere.

Whilst the loss is substantial, we are fortunate to be a large and resourceful organisaton which remains fully operational. Please be assured that the effect on our ability to fulfil orders is minimal as we are already working closely with our key partners to replenish ‘lost’ stock on an accelerated basis.

I do a lot of work with CVP (I represented them at BVE through talks just a few days ago) and buy most of my gear from them (including my new C300). They are pretty much one of the biggest dealers for professional TV equipment in the UK. This is a lot of gear, and the only place it can really end up is on sale through dodgy channels. If you see any of the above gear for sale new and its price is too good to be true, then be careful. Don’t buy anything without getting the serial number of the gear first and making sure it is kosher by using the above linked stolen equipment register! Be safe by only buying from dealers!

A lot of this gear was about to be shipped out to people. I know of at least one person, my friend Paul Joy who helped me with the Christmas shootout , whose C300 has just come in and was one of the cameras stolen, and that really sucks. All because of  dirty stinking thieving gits!! Let’s hope they catch them!

The amount of gear is huge, 40 XF300/305s, 5 C300s, 9 F3, 12 Z5/Z7s and so much more as you can see below.


  1. It’s nice to see a company trying to prevent the thieves from getting away with it. Here in the states there are very few resources to check for stolen goods. It sounds like the BVE thieves will get quickly caught, or there will be a sudden onset of really bad cameramen with exceptionally nice equipment, trying to undercut the market rates. Just what we need!

    Of course if were RED cameras that were stolen the thieves would quite easily be caught when they returned to the store to buy all the accessories that are needed to make the cameras run.

    Have fun with the C300, Philip!


  2. I have bought equipment from CVP. Hopefully all will be covered by insurance.

    I was just wondering though what would happen if you did buy something say from ebay that you had reason to later question and you checked the registry and then reported it to the police, would you then lose the goods and your money.

    My guess is though this equipment will go out of the country.

  3. Just took a look at the pricing of the items. Brits pay a Pound for what North American’s pay a dollar for. In effect, about twice the price. Anyone ever thought of looking into why? It’s not like these things are made in north America.

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