Shipping container lock boxes (or cowl lock housing) are essentially anti-vandal padlock surrounds which fit to the cargo doors of your container to cover your padlock. The lock box encloses the padlock so it is only accessible from the underside. This helps prevent someone jimmying off a padlock s from a shipping container with a crowbar or similar, and this really means to break into you continer, someone will need some form of heavy cutting gear to get in.
These are a very popular option with our containers being used for storage (So much so that new containers are now being manufactured with slim line lock boxes as standard) When purchasing used containers these additions are a great feature to keep your belongings safer and securer.
We also have this very neat short video showing what a lock box is and how they work. Please note the exact construction of lock boxes can vary slightly from the exact design shown in this video, but all our padlocks will work in any of our lock boxes.
You will need a padlock to go with your lock box, we have a few available all linked below. Our UK made squire padlock is insurance rated (CEN-4 rated high security) but our standard shipping container padlocks will also fit very snug. This should mean, with either option, when this padlock is used to lock up a shipping container (that has a lock box) that you can add the contents of this shipping container to any insurance policy already covering your site. As we can’t provide a blanket guarantee for what your insurers will accept we do recommend to double check this with your insurers if its important to you before buying your container.
If you purchase a ‘one trip’ new container from us – There will already be a slim line lock box fitted. (slim line boxes are built and fitted within the ISO standard so the container can still be shipped) See the first few photos for examples of a slim line lock box. Our refurbished containers will have a much ‘chunkier’ custom made lock box similar to the last four photos.
We would always recommend, if you are using the container for site storage use, to get a lock box and a container padlock from us for the complete ‘security package’ We can provide containers with or without lockboxes. All our used containers are sourced from shipping lines or leasing companies, so there are no lock boxes on them yet. It is entirely your choice weather to have one or not based on the needs of your site or job. Just make sure at the point of order it is clearly stated whether you do or do not want one please.