Thursday, July 31, 2014

Could Your Company be the Target of a Production Equipment Theft Ring?

While Barbizon is not a rental company we have a lot of customers who are.. this is worth a look:

Over the past few weeks there has been an extraordinary spike in the number of attempted and actual thefts (including equipment taken by fraud). These have occurred in New York, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Portland, Boston, Miami, Seattle, London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Johannesburg! Please be extremely vigilant.  

The following details have repeated in multiple attempts:

Contact names used: Nick Whitfield, Stephen Spence, Tony Young, Luke Biggins, Dean Howard, or Perspective Video Ltd (UK)
ID used: Drivers licenses with the name David Scott or David Smith or Leila Kemph

They are very often posing as documentary producers

  •  Questionable Information:
  • No local crew
  • Unable to verify business references
  •  Short term insurance policy
  •  Incompatible or inconsistent equipment
To issue a New Customer Inquiry or Questionable Customer Alert to fellow PERG Members visit

Production Equipment Rental Group
The Production Equipment Rental Group (PERG) serves the film and digital community within PLASA. PERG shines a light on the challenges and opportunities faced by professional rental companies. It focuses the collective expertise of its members to shape solutions that best serve us all. PERG strives to be the voice of the motion picture equipment rental industry and set a standard of operations and ethical behavior.

PERG's main focus is rental companies that offer cameras, grip and lighting equipment to the motion picture, television and commercial production market. Any member of PLASA working in these market sectors may become a member of the Production Equipment Rental Group by contacting PERG Manager, Harry Box, at