Fort Knox se­cu­rity

Dis­cover the im­pen­e­tra­ble fortress that safe­guards America’s gold stores

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The US’S gold re­serves are held in sev­eral in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try, but ar­guably none are more fa­mous than the Fort Knox Bul­lion De­pos­i­tory near Louisville, Ken­tucky. Con­sid­ered to be one of the world’s most se­cure vaults, Fort Knox hosts a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of the na­tion’s gold in the form of bars and coins (known as bul­lion).

Con­struc­tion of the fa­cil­ity be­gan in 1935 and was com­pleted one year – plus over 450 cu­bic me­tres of gran­ite, 3,200 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete, 750 tons of re­in­forced steel and 670 tons of struc­tural steel – later. Upon its com­ple­tion, the De­pos­i­tory was placed un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of the US Mint, and the first ship­ments of gold ar­rived in 1937. This pre­cious metal cargo had to be shipped by rail through the US Postal Ser­vice as it was too heavy to fly, and the Postal Ser­vice were the only couri­ers able to ac­cept li­a­bil­ity if any of the gold went miss­ing.

Since then, the vault’s gold re­serves have grown con­sid­er­ably, so pro­tect­ing the fa­cil­ity is paramount. The Fort Knox De­pos­i­tory is re­port­edly equipped with an ar­ray of ad­vanced se­cu­rity sys­tems, some of which are out­lined be­low. Un­der­stand­ably, many of the site’s se­cu­rity sys­tems and pro­to­cols are clas­si­fied. In the words of the US Mint, “per­haps the most ad­vanced se­cu­rity sys­tem the De­pos­i­tory has to of­fer is its se­crecy”.

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