Why Choose a Shipping Container Over a Storage Facility?

Using a portable shipping container for long or short-term storage needs beats remote location facilities hands down. Many people don’t yet realize that portable, or Instant Storage as it’s come to be known, is an option for secure, affordable storage that boasts unmatched convenience and security. When you consider that the storage unit comes to you, is removed when no longer needed and is on or near your property, the convenience is easy to wrap your head around. It’s the security considerations that we’ll bring to light in this post however.

Taking Control

A primary reason to opt for storage on demand is control. When you have a shipping container delivered to your residence, place of business or jobsite location, you maintain control of the keys, where it is placed and the hours you can access it. None of this holds true with traditional storage facilities. There is no strolling over and gaining access to your items in a fixed location scenario. Not only must you conform to their hours of operation, but you must drive there. Furthermore, you aren’t the only one who can access your unit at a storage facility. Welcome to the dim-lit realities of storage facilities. Cue the Twilight Zone music.

Smile, You’re on Camera

Despite the creepiness of being filmed at all angles while you maneuver into the cramped confines of your unit, I guess the closed-circuit TVs are a good thing. After all, lots of unsavory activity happens at storage facilities. You never know who your neighbors are at these places and what they’re storing, or stealing, as the case may be. While we’re on the topic of bizarre, a new trend is emerging whereby people rent units to occupy them. I’m talking about living and sleeping in these things. Call me insensitive, but I don’t particularly want Storage Stan bedding down next to my worldly possessions on the regular.

Indestructible

Shipping containers are the Abrams tank of storage. In short, they’re indestructible, impregnable and won’t ever let you down when it comes to security. These units are designed to withstand the most punishing scenarios in global commerce. Rent a shipping container and you won’t be the first to want to buy one. Upon delivery and initial inspection, husbands tell their wives, “Honey, we should get one of these.” Wives incredulously respond, “What in heaven’s name for?” Husbands eloquently respond, “Because they’re just so AWESOME!” And she thought the bigger barbeque was a bad idea. Jokes aside, step in one and you’re immediately impressed by how capacious and well-engineered they are. They’re built for one purpose alone – safeguarding their contents against whatever mother nature or some miscreant can throw at them.

You need storage or temporary staging of possessions, tools, inventory or equipment. You need it to be safe. Do yourself a favor and click or call Instant Storage today. You won’t find a safer, more convenient option anywhere.

Shipping Containers: Nothing Safer Exists. (A true story!)

Years ago, I owned a timber and forestry bi-products business that was situated on a large industrial lot on the periphery of our city. While the location just east of the 205 Freeway was ideal for receiving log trucks and dispatching our own semis, it happened to be home to a large indigent population of unsavory folks. Timber and forestry businesses are heavily dependent on equipment and machinery – all of which is expensive – so envelopment by this demographic was problematic.

Vulnerable Contracting Site Security

On a good week, we’d show up on any given morning and find fuel tanks syphoned of fuel or hoses, cables and chains that had grown legs and wandered off in the middle of the night. That type of theft is concerning and costly, but not devastating. Not long after, we had truck windows broken for the CB radios, fire extinguishers and medical kits inside. It seemed that theft increased as the weather worsened and broken windows are exceedingly unpleasant and unsafe during the winter.   At this time, we were storing our truly valuable equipment like chainsaws, winches and other forestry indispensables in locked cargo trailers. That was a big mistake. About an $8,000 mistake to be precise.

A desperate thief’s best friend and sole possession is often a set of bolt cutters. This single tool allowed for the breaching of the chain link fence around our facility as well as the effortless entry into our locked trailers. We found sheared padlocks on the ground, 6 chainsaws, a topographical survey instrument and several other pieces of equipment gone.

An Introduction to Shipping Container Safety

That was the end of our trailer storage days. Fortunately, our lot was flanked by several construction, heavy equipment and metal fabrication companies. These businesses maintain impressive inventories of costly tools and equipment and they all live with serious security and anti-theft concerns. Invariably, they all use shipping containers to keep their tools safe, dry and secure.

No set of bolt cutters or level of ingenuity can overcome a shipping container. Without an acetylene torch or an M1 tank (neither of which are terribly inconspicuous), a human being is not getting into a shipping container. This is what makes them the ideal storage solution for people and businesses that want a convenient, inexpensive and super-secure option for storing tools, inventory, residential possessions and more.

My Shipping Container: Locked, Loaded, and Left Alone

What a disappointment it must have been for the band of larcenists who preyed upon us to find our tools and equipment safely stowed in a 40’ double-doored fortress. We got smart and they went home empty handed. The security provided by our impregnable container was such that once the bandits knew it was there, they didn’t even bother coming any more. About a week after the shipping container was delivered and craned into place, we repaired our chain link fence for the last time. We never had another incident of theft or vandalism on the property again.

I naively thought locked, enclosed cargo trailers were a suitable solution for storing our gear. I was wrong. That mistake cost several days of production and thousands of dollars. Do not fall victim to a similar oversight. Instant Storage will deliver a rugged shipping container to your property at an affordable rate, with no binding contracts and pick it up when you no longer need it. Whether for short or long-term storage requirements, nothing beats the convenience, security and peace of mind that’s delivered right along with Instant Storage shipping containers.