Container locks: what types are there?
And which container lock provides the best protection against theft?
Containers are often left unattended outdoors. Naturally, you want to prevent any unauthorised person from opening your (shipping) container. You also want the doors of your container to remain locked during transportation and your cargo to arrive safely at its destination. You can do that by fitting your container with a container lock. While criminals can open or manipulate a standard container seal quite easily, a container lock will ensure that unauthorised persons are unable to gain access to a (shipping) container. That is how you can prevent fraud, damage, break-ins and theft. But what types of containerlocks are there? And which one should you choose? We have listed the options for you below.
In spite of this ISO 17712:2013 certification, you still often find seals costing no more than a few cents being used. These cheap container seals are easy for criminals to manipulate. We have already written an article on this subject: Container security needs to be improved. If you really want to protect a container against theft, we advise you to opt for a container lock. However, you should take into account the fact that it must be possible for a container lock to be removed when going through customs.
Seperate container padlock
Mechanical container lock
If you want to protect your container against break-ins, cargo theft and stowaways, it is advisable to fit the doors of your container with a mechanical lock. With a good container lock, the doors of your container will remain protected against any unauthorised attempts to open them while in storage. And during transportation, a container lock will ensure that your cargo reaches its destination in good condition. A containerlock will also deter criminals for whom speed is of the essence. If they see that a container is well-protected, they will move on and look for one which is not so secure. Mechanical containerlocks come in various classes.
One example of this type of SCM certified lock is the SBS Cobra container lock. An SCM certified lock is even a mandatory requirement for certain types of transport insurance. So if you are the victim of theft and it is found that you did not have an approved lock, your insurer will not pay out. Read more about Kiwa SCM approved locks.
Electronic container lock
Examples of electronic container locks include the SBS BDI lock and the SBS e-containerlock. The BDI lock is permanently fitted to the inside of the container and is mainly of interest for shippers-owned containers.The e-container lock is flexible. You simply fit the e-containerlock over the bars on the outside of the container and remove it when it is no longer required.
If you are transporting vulnerable cargo in a container, we recommend monitoring your load in real time. The SBS E-containerguard tracking unit allows you to do that. You simply fit it over the bars of your container so that you can monitor the integrity of your container doors at the same time. You can also connect an electronic trailer lock to an online monitoring portal. With the help of temperature, light and motion sensors, you will be able to monitor the cargo in your container in real time and you will also be informed if anything should happen in transit.
Want tot find out more?
We supply a range of (custom) solutions for providing optimum protection against theft and monitoring for your container under the brand SBS Security & Monitoring Solutions. To find out more about the different types of container locks, contact our vehicle security specialists. They will be happy to help you by providing appropriate advice.