Here Are 10 Of The Most Heavily Guarded Locations On The Planet
These are 10 of the most heavily guarded places on earth. All those secrets! And cars in Derbyshire, randomly.
1. Fort Knox
Breaking into Fort Knox is a bit of a cliche, and with good reason. Located in Kentucky it serves as an army post and also the home of the US Bullion Depository. Basically it’s where they keep thousands of tons of gold along with important historical documents. As well as being heavily guarded it is also protected by a 22-ton blast door and security cameras just about everywhere.
2. Area 51
Who hasn’t wondered at some point what goes down at Area 51?
It’s well known for being a top secret aerospace development and testing site located in Nevada. They say that although it looks pretty serene if you step foot past the warning signs you’ll have people swarming all over you in seconds. The area is said to be full of sensors that detect any movements, so tread lightly.
3. The Mormon Church’s Secret Vaults
Sounding like inspiration for a Dan Brown novel these secret vaults contain genealogical and historical records for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The vault is excavated 600 feet into side of Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. To break your way into these vaults you’ll need to somehow get past heaps of guards as well as motion and heat sensors. Easy.
4. The Federal Reserve Bank In New York
All banks should be pretty hard to get into, but this one is incredibly difficult and for good reason, they are said to store 25% of the world’s gold. The vault itself is 80 feet below street level and 50 feet below sea level, as well as the usual assortment of guards and sensors. Well, if Simon Gruber in Die Hard 3 nearly did it then it can’t be impossible.
5. Bold Lane Car Park
As you probably expected, a car park in Derby is next on the list, seriously. The Telegraph even wrote an article saying it is as ‘safe as Fort Knox.’ The car park uses a sophisticated web including CCTV cameras, panic buttons, entry doors and bar-coded tickets. If the alarm does go off, the whole place goes into lockdown mode. That’s right, the folk of Derby can shop in peace knowing that their car is going nowhere.
6. Tumen River
It must be pretty tense around these parts. Within a mile you can go from North Korea, through China and actually end up in Russia. It makes for a very appealing place if you’re looking to defect from North Korea, and consequently North Korea have a strong military presence guarding the area. We probably wouldn’t recommend going here for a gentle stroll.
7. Korean Demilitarized Zone
Sticking with Korea, The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land dividing North and South Korea. It is among the most heavily guarded borders in the world, stretching 160 miles in length and 2.5 miles in width. As a tourist you can actually visit the area from South Korea. The surreal experience involves looking across at North Korean soldiers as they eye you through binoculars.
8. The Greenbrier
What’s so special about this place? It’s hard to guess at first. It’s built roughly 720 feet into the hillside under The Greenbrier’s West Virginia Wing and is an astonishing 112,544 square feet in size.
It’s what’s underneath that counts. Just the 25-ton nuclear blast door. Behind the door are tunnels that create a nuclear bunker filled with supplies for members of the U.S. Congress to sit out a nuclear attack. We’re presuming it’s one of those invite only kind of places.
9. Haven Co
Haven Co is an anti-aircraft platform seven miles off the British coast and 60 feet above the water in the North Sea. It was a self-contained, hypersecure data fortress, and the only people ever allowed in were authorized personnel, investors, and members of Britain’s royal family.
Due to its location some say that it never had to comply to the laws of any country in the world, which makes you wonder what they were up to? The data center was shut down a few years ago, but it’s still all very secure and secretive.
10. Cheyenne Mountain
Last of all is Cheyenne Mountain. This place used to be the command center for the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Space Command missions.
The beastly tunnel is protected by solid granite and reinforced steel. It’s location has since been moved and you can now go and tour the place.