Modified Shipping Container Security — A Safe Alternative?

Nov 17, 2020
Modified Shipping Container Security — A Safe Alternative?

For decades, businesses and organizations relied on modular storage buildings made from wood construction to keep items under lock and key. Not only was it expensive, but they often fell short when it came to security. Today, economical modified shipping containers, sometimes referred to as Conex containers, are often the unit of choice.

You can find repurposed shipping containers being used anywhere from industrial job sites to temporary housing to educational applications, and more. But are modified shipping containers safe and secure?

The short answer is, yes. In fact, repurposed steel shipping containers are typically more safe and secure than traditional modular structures. Here’s why:

Steel Containers Protect Against Environmental Threats


Built from Corten steel – or weathering steel – shipping containers were designed to carry 20,000-30,000 tons and keep goods secure and dry during ocean travel. This steel also resists the elements when containers are modified into jobsite offices, custom storage facilities, mobile restrooms, industrial enclosures, or even temporary medical facilities.

Repurposed shipping containers do a great deal more than keep the rain out. The durable steel prevents rodent and other pest intrusions, plus modified containers stand up exceedingly well during extreme weather conditions.

Unlike wooden structures, steel has a high strength-to-weight ratio, so repurposed shipping containers can safely hold and support more “cargo.” Plus, sturdy steel containers absorb energy more effectively than wood. That means they hold up significantly better during earthquakes and under intense, hurricane-force winds.

This added protection helps give employees peace of mind should pests frequent the area, an extended rainy season pop up, or a natural disaster strike.

Shipping Container Modifications Provide Comfort and Security


All Falcon modified shipping containers can be fitted with attractive interior finishing and state-of-the-art air conditioning or heating systems, and remain energy efficient with several types of spray foam insulation or batt insulation. This means employees on a North Dakota oil rig in February and construction workers on a Texas jobsite in July all have a comfortable place to escape the elements – 24/7/365.

That “place” may include a mobile field restroom, break room, employee housing, training rooms, mobile office space, and more. An efficient HVAC system also protects machinery, IT equipment, computers, and other supplies from damage and deterioration. As you can see, shipping containers are used for much more than just storage units.

When securing company assets and keeping employees safe is non-negotiable, a jobsite security system is vital. Our theft-proof shipping containers can include motion activated lighting, alarm systems, and can be pre-wired for security cameras and keypad or keycard entry systems.

In addition, we can fit the containers with sturdy, steel doors, roll-up doors, windows with burglar bars, deadbolt locks, lock boxes, and numerous other security measures. These tools help employers keep tabs on employee activities to prevent theft, while increasing employees’ sense of security.

Repurposed Shipping Containers Protect More Than You Think


It’s one thing to protect your products, people, and other assets, but a storage solution or shipping container office is even better when you can also protect the environment and your bottom line. There is no shortage of used shipping containers piling up on coastlines near cities like Savannah, GA, Long Beach, CA and the Texas Gulf Coast. By upcycling these containers, you can benefit from a lower initial investment compared to traditional wood modular structures while also preventing unused containers from ending up in landfills or elsewhere.

Depending on your goals and budget, Falcon’s team can modify one or several containers to meet your organization’s unique needs. That lower initial investment combined with durability, low maintenance, and an extended lifespan, can amount to short and long-term savings. Learn about these and other benefits in The Ultimate Guide to Modified Shipping Containers below.

To learn how repurposed shipping containers can keep your company and employees safe and secure, while having a positive impact on your bottom line, reach out to us or give us a call at 877-704-0177.

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