The best ways to secure a shipping container conversion.

From learning how to properly anchor your container to exploring the different types of locks available, this guide provides the information you need to ensure your shipping container conversion is safe and secure.

Shipping container conversions are becoming increasingly popular. With their heavy-duty construction and wide range of sizes, they are ideal for a variety of uses. And, whilst shipping containers are naturally durable and secure, if your container conversion is a new business venture or you’re housing valuable equipment, it makes sense to add some extra security.

From learning how to properly anchor your container to exploring the different types of locks available, this guide will provide you with the information you need to ensure your shipping container conversion is safe and secure.

Anchoring Your Shipping Container

When you anchor your shipping container, you are essentially using the weight of the container and the anchors to secure it to the ground. While you can use various methods to anchor your container, the most popular method involves drilling holes into your container’s walls and bolting steel plates into the holes. The most important part of this process is ensuring that you drill the right holes into your container so that the steel plates can bolt into the walls. If you drill into the wrong place, you could end up with a weak spot in your walls. To avoid this, you can use a drill with a rotating base to ensure that the holes you make are perfectly horizontal.

Choosing the right locking system

When choosing the best way to secure a shipping container, it is important to consider the type of locking system and security level you want for your conversion. There are several options for securing your container, including:

Heavy duty padlocks

If you’re looking for a simple way to add some extra security to your container conversion, invest in a heavy-duty padlock. Also known as shutter padlocks, they are far more difficult to cut through than normal padlocks because they are made from hardened steel and stick shackles.


Lock boxes are frequently used in conjunction with heavy-duty padlocks to increase the security of containers. This is the most popular method of container security, and it's easy to see why. A lock box is a steel box that keeps your padlock hidden and prevents burglars from tampering with your locks.

Inner bolts

Another popular way to secure a container is with steel bolts. They can be used to secure the container from the inside, ensuring the door is tightly closed. When you turn the key, the bolts are lifted and the door can be opened. The biggest advantage of this locking system is that it takes place from inside the container.

Crossbar locks

Finally, crossbar locks are another great way to secure your container and they can be created specifically for shipping container doors. These locks are simple to install and prevent the doors from being prised open. Each side of the crossbar locks onto the vertical bars on the front of a container door, which are subsequently locked with a key.

Why choose Eldapoint for your shipping container conversion?

Here at Eldapoint, we have many years of experience in shipping container conversions. We transform humble shipping containers into highly adaptable space solutions for many purposes, including pop-up shop units and cafes plus a full range of converted shipping containers into everything from portable offices to relocatable restaurants and construction site accommodation.

Our highly experienced team create custom units made from high-quality, durable materials to ensure that the end product is safe and secure for any purpose.

Get in touch

If you’re looking for a secure shipping container conversion, get in touch. To speak to a member of our specialist team, call us on +44 (0)151 548 9838 or email us at [email protected] and we will be happy to help.


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