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We’ve seen storage boxes like these from a variety of manufacturers, but when we saw the release of DeWalt’s new line, it really made us think: do these really work to secure good on the job site?

Certainly it’s be quite easy to pick up and swipe the whole cabinet — tools and all — so it doesn’t seem logical to leave one of these unattended.  Maybe it’d work to store tools when the site’s active and the tools just aren’t in use.

What do you Toolmongers think?  Have you used one of these?  Was your experience good or bad?  Let us know in comments.

 

7 Responses to Hot or Not? Workplace Storage Boxes

  1. Kurt Schwind says:

    When it comes to theft on a job-site, nothing is sacred. Working on a new house build, someone came in the night to steal the entire AC system. Crazy. Luckily, insurance paid.

  2. ba614 says:

    Yes, these boxes are about as secure as you can have if you have to leave a tool box on the job.

    The best have the lock protected so only the end of the lock is visable.

    You need to have it chained by the handle to something secure.

    That being said nothing is really secure anymore. If a thief wants it bad enough he’ll get it.

  3. Steve O says:

    I prefer the Jobox ones – they are well known for this stuff.

  4. Jack says:

    They generally work fine, but remember that the wheels are there just to roll it into place. After that, chain or cable it to something immovable like a gas main 🙂 or it will roll away.

    There are a large number of these in the back of pickups as an alternative to locking stuff in the cab. Once again, chained to the lumber rack – and no wheels.

  5. Mark says:

    I think you need to buy a crane so that you can hang it from the crane. Can you hang this from a crane?

  6. Jim says:

    As a good friend of mine used to say, locks are just there to keep honest people honest. Seriously though, they are about as secure as you get on a job-site, but even with the inset locks like the jobox ones have, the locks themselves only take about 20 seconds to drill out with a carbide bit in a decent drill.

  7. The only thing I ever had stolen from a jobsite was lifted during the day, while the crew was at lunch and the box was left open. When it was locked, it was generally unmolested. There’s more to it than security, though: Putting tools away at the end of the day builds an impression in your mind of what should be there, so if something gets left out, you notice quickly.

    I heard a fascinating story about gangbox security. One morning, a construction site crew came in, unlocked their box, and it was empty except for some junk in the bottom. All the tools had vanished, but the locks appeared unharmed. So they filed an insurance claim, replaced the tools, replaced the locks with a different model, and went back to life as normal.

    A few weeks later, it happened again: Opening the box in the morning, the tools were gone. No evidence of picking on the locks or anything. So they filed another claim, a local locksmith crafted some locks that were highly pick-resistant and guaranteed uniquely-keyed, and the local police set up a hidden camera. For several weeks, nothing out of the ordinary happened.

    Then after a few more weeks, the box was empty again. The police reviewed the video and found that in the middle of the night, the janitor came in, pulled a keychain from his pocket, unlocked the box, and loaded all the tools onto a cart. What they saw next began to put the pieces together: With the box open, the janitor removed the locks and put a different pair of locks in.

    What?

    So they rewound the tape even further. Paydirt: The previous day while the crew was at lunch with the box sitting open, the janitor came in and replaced the locks (that the crew had a key to) with a different pair (that the janitor had keys to). At the end of the day, the crew loaded their tools into the box, then helpfully pushed the locks closed.

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