Securing Your On-Site Storage Container!

How to Secure Your Container

Want to know the steps to securing your on-site storage container?

Equipment and materials theft from construction sites is a 1 billion dollar a year industry according to the National Crime Information Bureau (NCIB).

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!

Securing your storage container actually begins before you've rented or purchased a container. There 3 main considerations and precautions you should take:

  1. Check out what is and is not covered by the rental 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 coverage doesn't cover everything, then it’s time to find some extra insurance to make sure you’re covered in the event of theft, mold or natural disasters.
  3. Get additional insurance if necessary. 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.

Taking these steps beforehand ensures that you've covered not only by the service provider, but your insurance policy as well. In the case something does happen to your items or storage container, you won't have as much stress when these steps are put in place.

Now that you've gotten coverage, 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


After you've rented or purchased your on-site storage container, you'll want to do a few more things to make sure that your items inside are also protected. Below we'll look at 3 different things that you can do:

  1. Make an inventory
  2. Install a lockbox
  3. Install security cameras

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.

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Install a lockbox

Many people are surprised that storage containers will often come with their own built in lockboxes. While this is a great way at protecting your items inside, it's only a basic security precaution.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we recommend using 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.

Install a security surveillance system

The recent rise of inexpensive security camera systems like Ring and Blink are enabling both businesses and residential homeowners the ability to protect their property without the need to hire more expensive security professional or equipment.

Installing a simple and inexpensive video security system is a great way to keep thieves at bay. These systems allow for smart monitoring via computers or even smart devices, like smartphones and tablets, so you're able to view property even when you aren't in the area.

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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. If something isn't covered, you should consider additional insurance to make sure you’re fully covered.

Next, we talked about what to do while you have the on-site storage unit, such as making an inventory list, using lockboxes, and installing a security system.

If you take these 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 fill out the contact form below.

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