Having strong storage container security is essential on any construction site, as theft cuts your profits down and can push a project’s timeframe back as you try to replace any stolen equipment, materials and tools.
Plus, you may have more storage containers at your construction site thanks to overstocked building materials caused by construction supply chain shortages. Losing these essential materials during the shortage might lead you to having to pay a premium in order to replace them. Or you might not even be able to find replacements in time for your project.
Construction site thefts have increased over the last five years but have especially grown during the pandemic, adding to the annual loss of between $300 million and $1 billion dollars, according to the National Equipment Register.
The moment to think about the security of your construction site is before work ever begins and before you have your storage container brought to site. In this post, you’ll learn tips for storage container security to further prevent equipment theft during your construction project.
How to Improve Your Construction Storage Container Security
Before you buy a storage container for your construction site, you’ll want to make sure it comes with secure locking systems, so that you don’t have to find a way to replace the locks later.
High-quality locking systems keep out thieves by hindering efforts to break into your storage container.
You should also look for a storage container that comes with a second method of locking. This makes it twice as complicated and time-consuming for thieves to break in, making it less likely that they’ll even try in the first place.
Lockboxes are one security option that hide an optional second lock. Many one-trip containers come with small lock boxes, but these don’t do much prevent the lock from being tampered with. Using extra-long lockboxes prevents tampering and lock picking by holding the lock too far up for bolt cutters to reach, so the lock cannot be broken.
Additionally, the type of lock you use can greatly improve the security of your storage container on your construction site. We recommend using heavy-duty puck locks, which have a hidden shackle so they can’t be cut or pried open.
Simple deterrents like a fence, signs or security lighting can also help prevent theft, giving clear warning that the area is monitored. Depending on your construction project, having a security fence around the property will also help prevent unwanted trespassers and block off access to your equipment during the project.
Taking steps to secure both your container and your construction site guarantees a level of protection that helps to ward off thieves from wanting to be on-site after hours. Now that you’ve taken advantage of your storage container security, learn how you can better organize your equipment inside your storage container for your construction site .