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.
STOLEN PRODUCT LINES INCLUDE QUANTITIES OF:
- 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.
BUSINESS AS USUAL!
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.
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.
Its simple Canon C300 are like gold dust, as of a conversation with Canon today they are finding it very hard to keep up with demand so a spare five C300 cameras will stand out like a sore thumb, do not be tempted to buy any cheap C300s !
Only last week Phil Baxter, the MD of CVP was talking to me about the video industry in general and we also reflected on the great loss of Kevin O’Malley of JVC and how short life is.
Lets hope they get the gang who perpetrated this theft and innocents like Paul Joy can finally get his Canon C300, one of the cameras stolen last Friday.