How to Secure Your Shipping Container?

Shipping-Container

In the process of container transportation, goods are often stolen, exchanged, and packaged. There are two possibilities for this to happen:

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The first is that your goods are intact during the shipping process, and the theft of the goods occurs during the loading and unloading of the goods. This situation accounts for the vast majority. There have been cases like this in the past, that is, customs insiders cooperated with criminals to commit crimes. In this case, it is not unusual for such things to happen.

The other is that it was stolen during shipping. They are usually top masters in the shipping industry, work with customs officers, or imitate customs seals. Or for container land transportation, internal personnel (drivers) often collude with external personnel to steal container property. The methods of theft include door opening and lead seal removal, resulting in the existing container seal being ineffective.

How to prevent theft during container transportation? The following suggestions are for reference only:

  • Tracking through satellite positioning

Install a satellite positioning system in the container. Once the container is stolen, the specific location of the container can be quickly tracked through the satellite positioning system, so that it can be recovered effectively. Especially when GPS is used for satellite positioning, the cost of positioning is very low, and it has a very good effect on preventing theft. Once this container is stolen by thieves, the trajectory of the container movement can be clearly shown. Even if the thieves tow the container away, the location of the container can be found before the tracking device is dealt with. This provides a lot of time for the fight to solve the case. 

  • Using video surveillance methods

Such as installing cameras inside the container and on the periphery of the container, once a stranger attempts to steal the container, it can be quickly discovered from the surveillance video through this probe, and relevant measures can be taken quickly, prevent the containers were stolen or destroyed. In addition to preventing theft, it can also play a deterrent effect on thieves.

  • The container must be locked

Containers generally use locks (lead seals). As long as the door is opened, the lead seal must be destroyed, so most of them are disposable. Each lead seal has a unique number. Before shipping, the consignee will get the box lock number. The receiver needs to check the integrity of the lock, so once the lock is broken, it proves that the goods in the box may be incomplete or stolen.

There are many types of lead seals, temporary plastic seals (the least insurable one), High insurance seal (the most used one), steel wire seals. In fact, insurance does not really guarantee the prevention of loss of goods., No matter how strong the lead seal is, it will be unlocked violently.

High-security padlocks for containers are specialized locks designed to provide extra protection against unauthorized access and theft of goods stored inside transport containers. These padlocks have multiple features that make them more secure than standard padlocks:

Heavy-duty construction: High-security padlocks are made from materials such as hardened steel, titanium, or boron carbide, which makes them extremely difficult to cut or break.

Drill-resistant protection: The locking mechanism of high-security padlocks is often designed to resist drilling attacks. Some locks have hardened steel plates around the lock core to prevent drilling.

Pry-resistant features: High-security padlocks typically have unique keyways and complex locking mechanisms that make them difficult to pry open.

Restricted keyways: The keyways of these padlocks are only available to authorized personnel, reducing the risk of unauthorized key duplication.

Key control: Some high-security padlocks have a key control system that assigns keys, so only authorized personnel can use the keys.

Weather resistance: Many high-security padlocks are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, making them suitable for outdoor use.

Using high-security padlocks can provide an additional layer of protection for containers and the goods inside, which is particularly important for high-value or sensitive goods.

  • Add additional insurance

Add a kind of additional insurance, called ” Theft, Pilferage, and Non-Delivery”, the English abbreviation is TPND. If all the anti-theft measures have been taken, but unfortunately it is still stolen, I hope this insurance can reduce your losses.

The security of shipping containers is of paramount importance, especially when customers store valuables in containers. There are a number of security measures you can take to secure your container, if you are interested in learning more or have any questions we can help you, or visit www.jwm-rfid.com to learn more about Vanma Solution.

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