Protecting your tool and material investment is a crucial cost-saving investment for contractors. Secure job site boxes are one way to keep your tools safe, dry and accessible on your job site, but there are a few things you should look for so that you’re buying the most secure box for your job site.
1) Deadbolt-Style Locks are Strongest
If your potential security box requires the use of a padlock then you should steer well clear of it. Padlocks are quite simple to snip with bolt cutters. Ideally the lock compartment is recessed too, further preventing easy tampering.
2) Hemmed Edges Prevent Pry Bar Access
Hemmed or folded edges prevent thieves from simply wedging a pry bar between the lid and the bottom edges of your box. When looking over your next potential job site security box think about its vulnerabilities to a pry bar.
3) Staked and Welded Hinges
Is it easy for thieves to knock the hinge pins out of the door or is the door staked and welded? If the pin is easy to get to then you should move on to the next potential box.
4) Heavy-Duty Steel
What gauge is the steel in your box? The lower the gauge the thicker the steel. The steel around the lock and door are the most critical areas to watch for strength. Further, check for reinforcing channels in the steel itself.
Some times job boxes aren’t enough though – we’ve seen cases where thieves used forklifts to tear the fronts off of conex boxes. If you want maximum security for your job site you should consider construction site surveillance.
Types of Locks (wikipedia)