It is difficult to fathom how many times we have been asked this question. If we dig a bit deeper and try the Socratic method by asking questions in turn, we get to know the major population asking the question, ‘are the shipping containers secure’, plan to utilize it as a cabin in wilderness. Therefore, they want to be sure while leaving their shipping container homes for a long duration without worrying if there might be any possibility of a thief or burglar breaking in or not.
Shipping Containers: Origins and Evolution
Let us trace the origins and the purpose of shipping containers to answer our often asked question. Shipping containers were made to be air tight solutions for storage which could not be penetrated and move and transfer various products all over the globe. Actually, during their first use in 1950s, the amount of lost or stolen cargo witnessed a significant reduction as mentioned in a book on the history of shipping containers.
Before the introduction of shipping containers, goods were put on ships were either placed in crates, sacks or barrels to break the bulk. There were labourers on the constant lookout for stealing this cargo and this came to be known as the price of shipping. Because of the safety features and provisions of being locked before they were loaded, shipping containers were labelled as much safer options and led to reduction in cargo theft.
So going by the various options available, these containers offer maximum security as storage facility that you would ever encounter. However, while converting these containers into their houses, more often than not, they make changes in the metal parts and the overall container structure, thus reducing its security potential.
Increasing the safety of Shipping Containers
A shipping container which has been converted into a house is equally secure as a conventional house.
If you still want to enhance the safety of your shipping container and home which you intent to use as a forest cabin or a hillside retreat house, you would be well-advised to retain the original structure of the container. You can accomplish this by fitting the doors and windows behind the doors of the original ones in the container. By doing this, you have the freedom to leave your container home by sealing the original door with locks.
If and when you are camping in this cabin, you can open the original container doors to allow sunshine and some breeze, while also having a fancy interior with some well designed windows and doors, just like any normal house.
Now when you know how to secure your container houses, just get down to enjoy the feel of something different. Do drop your thoughts in the comments section below to let us know for what all purposes you use your shipping container home.