The crates were redone to counter hoarding and possibly increase performance, as there were multiple guns store it several bases over the whole map, causing newer players/people that looted to not find anything related to high grade. This server isn't all about weapons, sure. But hoarding does not solve anything, and frankly one does not need 30 high caliber automatic rifles to roleplay.
Lowering them also keeps smaller camps with only wooden boxes safer from raiding, so I think that the argument about more griefing reports is incorrect.
Actually. For the fun of it. It's been 5 days since the patch hit. Since then there has been 1 griefing report put up. In the 5 days prior to the patch (for even sample size) there was 5 reports.