1. Get rid of the logos on the van --might as well advertise, "Hey, see us here? Come and rob and take our gear too!"
KTVU's news van in Hayward was devoid of station logos but most Bay Area TV news vans have the stickers all over the vehicle.
2. Alter the live shots and try to be vague as to where you're reporting from.
A news veteran told me this morning: "They watch us, (the crooks) and see where we're reporting from because of the live shots. We're sitting ducks." This is almost a catch-22 --damned if you and damned if you don't. The fact that a few hooligans could cause stations to either do away with certain locations for live shots or limit them is rather unnerving.
3. Hire security guards. I know this hasn't always been dependable but even one security guy is better than none. And yes, I know it costs some money but it could also prevent or at least deter future problems.
4. Use a little common sense. I know the live shot at the gas station in Hayward was pre-determined because they wanted a place where a lot of lottery tickets were purchased but seriously, they couldn't have used any other place that sells lotto?
5. When doing live shots, anywhere--do so where there's people nearby--I know this is at times, impossible, but you'd be surprised how many live shots are done without the presence of people when a simple case of logic would have saved a lot of frayed nerves and other frightening things.