Long winter nights pose headaches for building site managers and their security contractors. The cover of darkness is a boon to would-be thieves, making it necessary for site operators to double down on efforts to keep expensive equipment and other assets safe.
Shipping containers have long been a preferred storage solution in the construction industry. Tough, spacious and relatively easy to transport from one site to the next, they can also be easily customised for other purposes – portable toilets, site offices and so on.
With heavy stainless steel doors and body, containers are difficult to break into, providing greater protection than, say, a timber shed or hut might. They are not, however, entirely tamper-proof, and contractors need to remain on their guard ensuring their storage containers are secure at all times.
Here are five security essentials to keep your storage containers locked down throughout the winter and beyond.
Specially designed padlocks are an absolute must for containers as they have to be built to fit the lock plates in the door. Container padlocks have a wide, shallow body and a long, straight shank. You want to choose a heavy duty model made out of tough, non-corroding material, as most storage containers will be kept outdoors. Also be aware that, with container padlocks, one size does not fit all – you have to pick the right lock for your model of container.
If your container does not already have a lock box, it is strongly recommended that you have one added. A lock box is a solid stainless steel casing that fits around the container padlock and door plates. This keeps the padlock hidden from thieves and prevents them attempting to tamper with it, providing an important extra layer of security.
The main closing mechanism on a standard container door is the system of upright struts which attach the door to the main body. A crossbar lock prevents the handle which controls this mechanism from turning, adding an effective secondary lock to the padlock. Crossbar locks are easy to install and can be moved between different containers as required.
Dead bolts are commonly used on the exterior doors of homes to lock them from the inside. A dead bolt is extremely simple – just a heavy duty bolt used to slip between plates in the door and frame to secure them together. The point is, if you cannot get at them from the outside, you cannot remove them and unlock the door. In containers where heavy equipment is kept, these are useful for preventing access via the main doors from the outside, which would be necessary if you wanted to get large machinery out. Smaller access doors can be installed and secured elsewhere in the container.
If you are really serious about keeping site storage containers secure, the most foolproof way is to install alarm systems. This will ensure that onsite security is alerted as soon as anyone attempts to tamper with your containers, guaranteeing a rapid response.
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