CVP has been hit by a massive theft, with cameras, camcorders, lenses and ancillaries stolen from the company’s warehouse.
The kit, which CVP said was worth a total of £1m, included nine Sony PMW F3s and five of Canon’s new C300 camera. It was stolen from the reseller’s warehouse on Friday.
CVP said that whilst the loss was “substantial”, it was “fortunate to be a large and resourceful organisation which remains fully operational”.
Managing director Phil Baxter said that in response to the thefts the company had launched a stolen goods register.
“We created the stolen goods website six months ago but hadn’t actioned it,” he said. “We want it to benefit everyone - if we all become a bit more vigilant going forward then there won’t be a market for stolen goods.
“We want to make sure there is a high level of awareness of the kit so there is a possibility of recovering it and mitigating insurance losses.
“A £1m claim affects everyone in the industry, as there is a likelihood that insurance companies will penalise everyone.”
Baxter said he was disappointed at the police’s response to the theft.
“It doesn’t rank as important if nobody has been killed or shot. I thought they might take some interest but they don’t care because it’s theft without aggravation; it’s no more important than a car being stolen. It simply doesn’t rank.”
Click here for the stolen equipment register.
The stolen kit includes: