When you think of places that are heavily guarded, what kind of places come to mind? Locations connected to the military is the first thing I certainly think of. And if you couldn’t think of anything, here’s a list of some of the most-well-secured places in the world.
- Fort Knox
Fort Knox is home to the US Bullion Depository; which sounds like a place where paranoid pirates would store their treasure. Instead of digging a hole, and marking it with an ‘X’, like normal pirates. What it actually is, is a storage facility for thousands of tons of gold, but, it is said to house important historical documents as well, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carte. All of this is not only well guarded but also protected by a 22-ton blast door. That’s the equivalent to 5 elephants, 30 cows, 250 people, or 4,000 cats. I quite like the image of 4,000 cats being used to block the entrance to Fort Knox.
- Area 51
This top secret air force base in New Mexico is guarded so well that no one can get in, and even flying over it is forbidden. Its home to anything related to UFOs and alien conspiracies. Or at least that’s what they want you to think. I still reckon it’s some guy with a really big property, which hates contact with the outside world. He just called it Area 51 because it’s 51 acres. Who knows how the whole alien thing started? Unless; it’s aliens living there!
- Federal Reserve Bank in New York
It is said that roughly 25% of the world’s gold is stored here. With that much money to protect, it is no wonder that it would be extremely well guarded. The vault itself is eighty feet below street level and fifty feet below sea level, and the perimeter of the building is guarded by well-trained marksmen. And that’s also why they’re only number three on my list. I literally just did a Google search and all their security protocols came up. Well done New York. Well done.
- Bold Lane Car Park
You won’t have to worry much about car thieves when you leave your car parked here. This car park (or parking garage) in Derbyshire, England is one of the safest places in the world. I’m not joking when I say that. It has been rated one of the most secure places in the world, and yes, it is an actual car park. You can’t get in unless you have a ticket indicating your exact parking spot. Then once your car is parked, it is protected by motion detectors and other alarms that will go off if someone messes with your car. If the alarm does go off, the whole place goes into lockdown mode. Who in the world would be parking here?
- Tumen River
This river makes up part of the boundary between Russia and North Korea and also snakes down into Chinese territory. Within a mile, you can go from North Korea, through China and end up in Russia, which makes this a good place for those wishing to defect. As such, it is generally well guarded by North Korean soldiers. Unfortunately I haven’t got much more to say about this one. It’s a river. Rivers are boring.
- Korean Demilitarized Zone
If you’ve always thought that North Korea and South Korea liked each other, then here’s where I get to prove you wrong. The Korean Demilitarized Zone is a strip of land dividing North and South Korea. It is one of the most heavily guarded borders in the world, stretching 160 miles in length and 2.5 miles in width. Because of the high defence surrounding the border, people rarely dare to cross it, and as such, it has become a nature preserve. Which no-one can ever go and see. Or you’ll be shot. On site. Probably. If you didn’t believe that North Korea and South Korea don’t like each other, then now you should.
- Haven Co
Haven Co was a data-protection company located in the North Sea off the coast of Britain. The only people ever allowed in were authorized personnel, investors, and members of Britain’s royal family. However, it allegedly shut down in 2008. Set into the middle of the North Sea, there was no way you were getting into this place. What data was stored here, and why it suddenly shut down, no-one knows. Except the people I mentioned before. They probably know.
- Cheyenne Mountain
The Cheyenne Mountain complex was, at one point, the command centre for the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and U.S. Space Command missions. It is so well guarded that the tunnel is protected by solid reinforced granite. NORAD has since moved its operations to another location. That’s all good and interesting, but I want to know if the name is in anyway related to Cayenne Pepper. Am I the only one who’s wondering that?
These are just a few of the many well-guarded locations around the world, and all for good reason. Though for some, that reason may be a bit more mysterious than others – Cayenne (Pepper) Mountain for example.
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