15 most impenetrable bank vaults


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15 most impenetrable bank vaults

  1. 1. 15 Most Impenetrable Bank VaultsEven Ethan Hunt couldn’t crack these…Bank heists are extremely difficult to pull off, no matter what Hollywood might have us believe. Somevaults are so secure that robbers have heart attacks even thinking about breaking in.With that in mind, check out these 15 Most Impenetrable Bank Vaults from recent history and seeto what extremes countries (and some private companies) will go to keep the deposits and valuablesof their clientele absolutely protected.1. Fort Knox – The United States Bullion DepositoryIf a bank robber was somehow able to get through the solid granite wall perimeter and past thesquadrons of machinegun wielding guards and armed military, the thief would still have to contendwith a 22-ton vault door. That 22 ton blast door is held shut by a lock so intricate that it requires a 10person team to unlock. Is it really any wonder that Fort Knox has never even had a publishedrobbery attempt?Source
  2. 2. 2. The New York Federal Reserve Vault – WAS the World’s Biggest GoldDepositoryDeep below the streets of Manhattan sits a vault so impenetrable that it’s entrusted with more U.S.gold bullion than the famous Fort Knox. Security is so tight that men aren’t allowed to enter the vault;pallets are moved around by a team of robots.The bank’s security systems are so trusted that even foreign governments used it for gold storage.And – as if that wasn’t enough – a Jason Bourne level protection force watch the perimeter; theirshooting range scores are so good they’re better than marksmen.Source
  3. 3. 3. The Bank of England Gold VaultIf Britain’s Prime Minister had a secret, he would want to keep it here. More than 4,600 tons of goldare safeguarded in what is the UK’s largest gold vault. A figure that’s second only to the FederalReserve Vault mentioned above.The vault walls are bombproof and so sturdy that bank staff used them for protection during WWII airraids. And when the vault doors do need to be opened, they can only be accessed by an elaboratesystem consisting of voice recognition, 3 foot keys and other unpublished security measures.Source / Source
  4. 4. 4. The London Silver VaultsIn 1957, the same type of vault used in the London Silver Vaults was used as part of U.S. nucleartesting in Nevada. The 37-kiloton nuke tore away steel reinforcement and loosened trim but didn’tbust the vault.During WWII the bank around the vault was reduced to rubble due to a bomb strike, but the vaultitself was undamaged. The vault itself is the very definition of the world “impenetrable.”Source
  5. 5. 5. Teikoku Bank, Hiroshima – Atomic Bomb-Proof!Once the U.S. government learned how to control the finger of God, the first order of business was towipe the city of Hiroshima off the face of the planet. Skin melted from charred flesh… buildings felllike towers of playing cards… grass was parched to dust… water evaporated immediately… and twoMosler bank vaults were undamaged.How’s that for an advertisement? Good enough for the Mosler company to trumpet that their vaultscould withstand an atomic bomb in their advertising for the next 10 years.Source
  6. 6. 6. The Gold Vault in DubaiDubai, known as the City of Gold, finished building a vault to hold all that metal in 2009. The vault islocated in the Dubai Multi Commodities Center and incorporates the latest and greatest in securitymeasures. Dubai is in the process of repatriating their gold from London now that they have one ofthe most secure facilities in the world.Source / Source
  7. 7. 7. The legendary Swiss Vaults
  8. 8. Crime thrillers usually have talk of a Swiss bank account. There’s a reason: Swiss banks are amongthe safest on the planet. The 3-key safety deposit box in particular has been used by the World’smost wealthy citizens for over 200 years. Interesting note: the first deposit box prototype waspatented through the same office that employed a young Albert Einstein as a clerk.Source / Source / Source
  9. 9. 8. The Iranian Gold ReserveWhat makes the vault holding Iran’s gold reserve impenetrable is that nobody can say for surewhere it is. One could assume the vault is either in the Imperial Treasury location or the Iran CentralBank, but you know what they say about assumptions. Iran secretly flew gold into the country fromEurope in order to dodge “financial pressure” from the US and UK. Now that the reserves are backwithin Iranian borders, the location of their holding vault is as elusive as Iraq’s WMDs.Source / Source / Source
  10. 10. 9. The Antwerp Diamond Center – Was the World’s Most Secure DiamondVault.The Antwerp Diamond Center was swindled of $100 Million worth of inventory when a team of Italianthieves beat their “impregnable” defenses in February, 2003. The thieves got past body heatdetectors, Doppler radars, magnetic fields, motion detectors and an incredibly advanced lockingsystem. The police still can’t figure out how the team did it.Source
  11. 11. 10. The JPMorgan Chase New York Gold VaultAs the global economy suffers more people are plowing their money into gold to hedge againstinflation. This spells opportunity for JPMorgan Chase, who swung open an underground vault inManhattan. If that back of the vault door doesn’t intimidate you, the scowl on that man’s face should.Source
  12. 12. 11. The Federal Reserve Bank Vault of ClevelandA bank in Cleveland, Ohio has the largest vault door on the face of the planet. Granted it isn’t justany bank, it’s the local Federal Reserve. Ohio isn’t the picture I get in my head when I think ‘bankheist.’ And for the record, the vault door weighs 91 tons… the equivalent of two humpback whales.Source
  13. 13. 12. Codename: Priscilla Bank Vault – Atomic Bomb-Proof Vault #2!This picture captures the aftermath of atomic bomb testing under the codename Priscilla thatoccurred in June, 1957 in the Nevada desert. What you don’t see in the picture is the bank vault thatwithstood the blast… another Mosler engineered vault. The 37-kiloton triggered blast did this toconcrete and steel, but left the (unbreakable?) vault intact.Source
  14. 14. 13. The Broker Restaurant Antique Bank Vault in Denver, CO.The Broker Restaurant (Denver, Colorado) may be the safest restaurant in the country. In 1903 thebuilding was the Denver National Bank. Today the building serves exquisitely prepared dishes in thevery room where countless millions were counted and deposited back into safety deposit boxes.Source / Source
  15. 15. 14. The Dominion Bank VaultAt it’s heyday in 1914, the Dominion Bank Building in Toronto, Canada was considered the mostsecure bank vault in the entire world. Because it was constructed on bedrock and wrapped bysurveillance passages, tunneling into it was a practical impossibility. Maybe an Ocean’s 12 styleinfiltration would work… but let’s not forget the 40-ton vault door. The door was so airtight that asingle hairpin would keep it from closing. Good luck cracking this vault.Source
  16. 16. 15. The Hard Rock VaultThe Hard Rock Vault, first opened in 2001, is guardian to hundreds of priceless musical treasuresfrom Jimmy Hendrix’s Flying V to John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “Instant Karma.” It’s situatedbelow Hard Rock Cafe London in what used to be Coutts Bank. In terms of security, the vault onceheld the Queen’s treasury before Coutts Bank was converted.Source