The Most Heavily Guarded Place On the Planet

Saying that something is “as secure as Fort Knox” implies way stronger protection than you might have realized. As home to about half of the U.S. gold reserves, Fort Knox has been called the most secure vault on the planet. You won’t be able to get too close to the United States Bullion Depository — the proper name of Fort Knox — because it’s surrounded by a steel fence. Even the building itself is hardcore, made of concrete-lined granite and reinforced by steel to help it withstand attacks. The U.S. Treasury says Fort Knox is equipped with the latest and most protective devices, but won’t confirm exactly what those devices are. Rumor has it that the vault grounds are surrounded by land mines and electric fences, machine guns go off when a laser is triggered, and radar keeps watch over the area. The Treasury doesn’t hide anything about the guards outside, though. There’s one guard box at each of the building’s four corners, plus sentry boxes at the entrance, and you don’t want to mess with them because the basement of Fort Knox has a shooting range where guards can work on their aim. The building also has its own emergency power plant and water system. As for the vault, it’s made of steel and concrete and weighs more than 20 tons, and no single person knows how to get in. As for visiting, if you thought airplane security was tough…..