As a general contractor, you need to do whatever it takes to secure your on-site storage containers.
But securing your on-site storage unit is not a matter of just making sure the container is closed at the end of the day and slapping a padlock on it.
Securing your on-site storage unit starts before you even rent the unit!
In this article, you’ll learn what to do before, and during your project to make sure that you don’t lose a dollar to equipment or materials theft.
Securing your on-site storage container before you rent an on-site storage container:
1. Check out what is and is not covered by the rental contract. The first thing you should do to secure your on-site storage unit is to find out what is and is not covered in the contract. Every contract is a little different, but you mostly want to look for exclusions and terms that leave you open to liability. Once you’ve identified where you’re liable you can move on to step # 2.
2. See what is covered by your current insurance. You’re probably not going to be covered for everything under the on-site storage contract. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t covered at all. Make sure you talk with your insurance professional to find out what your existing policy covers. If your existing policy covers everything then you can skip to step # 4. But if not then it’s time to find some extra insurance to make sure you’re covered in the event of theft, mold or acts of God.
3. Get additional insurance if necessary. If you’re not covered by your current insurance, it’s time to find some additional coverage. Depending on the project you might be able to qualify for renter’s insurance or contractor’s insurance for as little as $15 a month. Make sure that you have full coverage insurance before you take delivery of your on-site storage unit.
Now that you’re insured let’s look at what you can do to prevent equipment theft on the job site during your project.
Securing your on-site storage unit during your project:
4. Make an inventory. Before starting your project, be sure to make a complete inventory of all tools, materials, and documents that you are going to be kept in your on-site storage container. Be sure to include serial numbers, date of purchase and any other relevant information. Use this inventory every day to keep track of all tools and building materials so that if something goes missing, you’ll know right away.
5. Use the Slide Bolt Locking System in tandem with the Lockbox, both of which come equipped on all SMS rental units. This will ensure the container is ‘virtually’ burglar-proof, however, keep in mind that even Fort Knox can be vulnerable to a thief with the right equipment and time. But you won’t have to worry about that when you combine our lockbox with step 6.
6. Install a video camera. Just a few short years ago, installing video security cameras would require hiring a security company, and spending some serious cash. But with the recent rise of inexpensive security camera systems like Ring and Blink protecting your job site has never been easier. And the best part is that you can monitor your on-site storage container twenty-four hours a day from your smartphone. Installing a simple and inexpensive video camera is a great way to keep thieves at bay.
Don’t become a victim of equipment theft!
While equipment theft is responsible for almost 1 billion dollars in losses a year, you can take steps to protect yourself and your job site.
First, we talked about what you can do before you even rent an on-site storage unit.
Before you rent a unit, you need to see what is and is not covered by the contract and your insurance.
Then you need to buy additional insurance to make sure you’re fully covered in the event of theft.
Next, we talked about what to do while you have the on-site storage unit.
First, you want to make an inventory, so you know what tools and materials you have in the first place.
Then you want to protect your on-site storage unit with a lockbox and a video camera.
If you take these 6 simple steps you will have a 100% secure on-site storage container, and you’ll keep those nasty equipment thieves away.
And if you need help or want to rent a shipping container that already comes with a lockbox standard give our storage experts a call at 1–800–686–9114 or head over to our website to fill out a quick quote form.