The 10 Most Secure Buildings in The USA
At Great Valley Lockshop, commercial security is our highest priority. Just like each of these secure locations in the USA, we believe human and data security is of the upmost importance. So which buildings in America receive the distinction of being the most secure? Some of these results may surprise you….some may not…and one isn’t a building at all!
10. CIA Headquarters, Langley Virginia
While much of the CIA’s security practices remain top secret, it is said that a CIA employee typically undergoes employee polygraph testing every three to four years to keep America’s Human Intelligence Headquarters safe and secure from treason.
9. NSA Headquarters
From polygraph testing to some of the world’s most advanced surveillance programs, the National Security Agency in Fort Meade, Maryland is known as a center for high defense and extreme security measures. Not only do employees undergo strict background testing, but lie detectors are used to question applicants as well as current employees to protect the security of the agency as a whole.
8. The Pentagon
Standing as the iconic symbol of the United States’ defense system in Washington DC, The Pentagon is one of the nation’s most highly guarded structures. Defended by the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, top measures are in place to guard against chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear attacks. Despite top security measures, the attacks on September 11, 2001, stand as a testament that no one is completely immune to a security breach.
7. The ADX Florence Prison
For notorious criminals, landing in the ADX prison in Florence, Colorado almost certainly guarantees no chance of escape. Escorted by three or more officers at all times, each prisoner remains under the close watch of guards when not in their individual cells. All forms of outside communication are forbidden and approximately 14,000 remote controlled doors made of solid steel protect the interiors of the prison.
6. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York
A common misconception within the United States is that the majority of the world’s gold is stored at Fort Knox, when in actuality, much of the gold lies deep within the vaults of The Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Using a 140-ton steel and concrete frame, the sole entry to the vault is kept safe from water, air, and all outside infiltrators. 24-hour video and motion sensor monitoring protects the vault’s contents at all times.
5. Air Force One
Although Air Force One is not a stationary building or location like the rest, there is no questioning that it is one of the most secure United States structures. With the ability to repel missiles using built-in flares the flying White House provides its passengers with some of today’s most advanced air defenses.
4. Area 51
Located at the border of Southern Nevada, Area 51 has remained one of the most top secret buildings in the United States’ security repertoire. Until recently, the CIA never even acknowledged the existence of such a building. Consequently, many of Area 51’s security measures remain top secret and unknown to the general public.
3. The White House
The nation’s capital at Washington DC has housed over 40 presidents in the country’s history. Boasting top security measures and a host of secret service agents, the safety of the commander and chief and world diplomats relies upon the White House’s one-of-a-kind security.
2. NORAD Cave or Cheyenne Mountain
While many of the secure buildings mentioned above are meant to protect information or important diplomats, the NORAD Command Bunker in Colorado Springs protects something else; the nation’s top aircrafts. This original bunker at Cheyenne Mountain continues to be maintained today with the ability to withstand a nuclear attack of up to 30 megatons.
1. Fort Knox
There is no doubt that of all of the revolutionary measures the United States takes in defending its nation, people, and information, Fort Knox has become one of the most well-known symbols of American security amongst citizens and the world. Located just south of Louisville, Kentucky, Fort Knox is a top security vault defended by top measures put in place by the US Treasury.
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Just as each of these prestigious buildings requires strict security access control, we at Great Valley Lockshop know how to help you make your commercial business the next “Fort Knox” of security. Whether a small business in Chester County, PA or a global enterprise with offices across the USA, we can help make your building, data and property more secure. Contact us today to learn more about our security services.