5 Ways to Increase the Security of Your Shipping Container
Repurposing shipping containers are ideal for securely storing your belongings either on your property or at a remote work-site. Their initial purpose is to safely transport goods on boats, trains and trucks. That said, some thieves are good at their craft. Here are some simple ways that you can ensure that your belongings are kept safe and secure in your shipping container.
1. Heavy Duty Padlocks
Padlocks are the simplest way of quickly obtaining container security for your items being stored. A wide variety of different styles of padlocks are available.
2. Lock Boxes
The downside of padlocks as a sole form of container security is that they can be defeated by tools such as bolt cutters. Container lock boxes are a great way to make it really difficult to break in to your shipping container. A container lock box is a steel box that prevents your padlocks from being damaged. These boxes are large enough for you to fit your padlock and key into, but small enough that they prevent anyone from tinkering with your locks and cutting the shackle or shank.
Generally, reused hand shipping containers don’t come with a container lock box installed, and require them to be added as a container modification. They are easy to install and are usually either bolted or welded on.
3. Inner Bolts
Used to lock one of the doors from the inside, these bolts are similar to a deadbolt that you might have in a household door. Their positioning inside makes them impossible to remove without first gaining access to the container through another door.
4. Crossbar Locks
These locks prevent the main door locking handles from turning. Their design means that even if someone cuts a padlock or the locking latch that they cannot gain access to the container.
Usually these types of locks are portable, and don’t need welding.
5. Alarm Systems
If you are storing your valuables long term in a shipping container, an alarm system is another worthy investment. Typical alarm systems can be used if the container is close to buildings, a phone line and standard power supplies. However, this is not always the case. If you find yourself using a shipping container to store goods in remote location, then a GSM (cell phone) alarm might be the most suitable solution. These alarms are custom made for shipping containers and include all the modern features that other alarms have, including motion detectors, sensors and closed circuit TV monitoring.
Contact the ContainerOne team to discuss what type of shipping container storage solution is best for your own unique requirements. Reused shipping containers can be modified to include simple security measures such as lock boxes on site before delivery to your location to ensure that your things are locked away safely and securely.
From purchase to design, build-out and delivery, ContainerOne has simplified the process, offering affordable pricing, custom options and accessories, so the only limit is your imagination. To see our growing product line and creative ideas, visit us at Containerone.net.