We often compare a secure home to Fort Knox, the U.S. Bullion Depository in Kentucky, said to hold the gold wealth of America. While there are many conspiracies and theories surrounding this mysterious location, one thing that many people do agree on is that it is one of the most secure buildings in the world.
So what makes Fort Knox so secure, and can you make your home that secure? The short answer is… no. Eurolink Security might have a wide range of excellent security systems that we can install for you to keep your home secure, but Fort Knox is on a whole other level. Let’s see what makes Fort Knox what it is.
Fort Knox is located far enough inland to protect it from a naval assault, as well as mountains on its east side for further protection.
Placed in the middle of a wide open space, anybody looking to get close to the depository is likely to be in for a very long dig or be seen with ease.
This area of open space is surrounded by a wire fence, dotted with motion sensors along its perimeter.
On the inner-side of the wide open area is fence number two, a 10 foot tall electrical security fence with concrete supports, think small scale Jurassic Park.
Should you get past everything so far, there’s a final electric fence with patrolling guards. Beyond this last electric fence is the original fence from 1937; an octagonal wrought-iron barrier around the fortress itself.
You might think that’d be it for location, you’ve finally made it to Fort Knox itself, but the Fort Knox is merely a nickname… Fort Knox is actually the name of the nearby army post, housing the specially trained United States Mint Police. With nearly 30,000 soldiers, 300 tanks, attack helicopters and artillery, the military defence proves to be a huge factor in the depositories security.
The building itself is a pretty amazing feat of security. Solid foundations consisting of multiple layers of cement and topped with 10 feet of solid granite ensure that nobody is getting in from underneath any time soon.
The walls of Fort Knox are also made of granite, 4 feet think. However, many people believe that these walls are more than mere granite; lined with steel, cement and other fire-proof materials, it is said that the walls of Fort Knox could survive an atomic bomb, pretty impressive.
Most walls have a weak point, windows made of breakable glass, the prime suspect of intruder entry points in a secure building. Fort Knox however, has fire-proof, bullet-proof, light-proof glass. Not only can you not break it to get it, you can’t take a peek and see what else awaits inside. There’s no getting inside Fort Knox if you’re not invited.
The walls are lined with advanced camera systems, using multi-focus surveillance systems to monitor every inch of the perimeter at all times. As well as the mechanical eye, several sentinel stations are along the walls, manned with armed personnel at all times.
The exact specifications of the vaults are likely unknown to most, with many details about Fort Knox kept highly secret, the specifications of the vaults themselves are likely to be top of the list.
The last known specifications for the vaults are that they were 27 inches thick, made from steel and concrete and built to withstand atomic bombs. Unlikely anybody is getting there hands on whatever’s inside any time soon.
Last but far from least, the theories. Many people believe that there are several additional security features, as if everything mentioned so far wasn’t enough.
Among the list are tunnels that flood when an intruder is detected, land mines, missiles, motion-sensitive automatic rifles, satellite tracking systems, intelligent virtual trip wires that detect objects 15,000 feet away and lastly biometric sensors, capable of detecting features altered by plastic surgery.
Some of these sound highly plausible, others are bit more fantasy; either way, the security of Fort Knox is undoubtedly impressive.
While Eurolink doesn’t quite have the resources to secure your home as much as Fort Knox, it would be a little bit overkill if we did don’t you think?