Camera security/guard security.
first security guards are useless.
They are just 4+ more people that know where the explosives are stored and are low payed and would sell the information on location within days after
being laid off or fired. plus in remote areas the guard would likely be sleeping on the job anyway.
Camera security only tells you after the idem have been taken. plus by federal and state safety laws you can not have any power sources within 100
feet of a explosive magazine so you cannot power the cameras or alarm systems at the explosive magazine.
Explosives are required to be stored in remote areas in heavy reinforced bunkers.
but there are few locks that can not be beaten. and your guard has to stay 100s or 1000s of feet away
and it snows in Montana so part of the year a guard may not even be able to get in.
I worked for years as a blaster and stored my explosives over 800 feet in the mine i worked behind two locked doors and i kept the detonators stored
and hidden in a different part of the mine.
I always stored the detonators(blasting caps) under the floor of the blasting cap magazine and stored tools in plain sight in the blasting cap
My guess is this missing explosives went to Mexico to the Cartels or some small mine in the US.
The cost of 500 pounds of explosives of the type taken would be around $10,000 when you factored in the cost of a explosive magazine, shipping cost,
and permit cost. inspection cost. ECT ECT.
iIn many states the local fire department inspects the explosive magazine before use and rural areas its volunteer fire fighters so every local
volunteer fire fighter know where your explosive magazine is and almost no volunteer fire department ever do background checks on the fire fighters
because most are short handed as it is and would take any warm body.
Stealing the explosives are easy if you dig a hole a 1/4 mile away and just move the explosives and bury them for a few months.
You stand very little chance of getting caught with the explosives. and if the investigation get too hot you just don't go back and dig it up for a
And if you become a prime suspect you never go back for it. Never going back for it still will cause fear that i still out there and might be used.
Stolen explosives scare the government. But explosives that are missing and never found scares them even worse.
If it had been me i would have only taken half the explosives. and would have set off the rest in the explosive magazine.
then the government would have never known if all or only part went off and if it was a accidental detonation or it someone had even stolen any.
edit on 4-5-2013 by ANNED because: (no reason given)