Top 10 most heavily guarded places in the world

Ever wondered why some of the most secure locations on Earth are also some of the most mysterious places on Earth?

Whether they're supposedly concealing the existence of aliens at Area 51, protecting the President at the White House or setting up a fail-safe in case of a global catastrophe at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, there are many locations that can be considered the safest places in the world.

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WatchMojo counts down ten of the most secured spots on the planet.

10. Cheyenne Mountain Complex, Colorado, USA

The complex has housed a number of government organisations over the years and it was previously the home of the US-Canadian Aerospace Protection Project. The complex is built underneath 2,000 feet of solid granite.

9. Bold Lane Car Park, Derby, UK

The car park was built in the 1970s and had developed a reputation for crime and drug abuse by the 1990s. It was in response to this that local security agencies decided to rebrand Bold Lane as a state of the art car park. Barcoded tickets are needed to get in and out, cars are monitored by motion sensors and barriers come down if security is breached.

8. Granite Mountain Records Vault

The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saint owns a huge archive of records and history. This is all house hundreds of feet inside Granite Mountain in Utah. The atmosphere is climate controlled to preserve the paper documents and micro film inside.

7. Tumen River

This serves as a gateway between China, North Korea and Russia. The reason for heightened security along the river is due to many North Koreans have been caught attempting to enter China through the river's shallow waters.

6. Svalbard Global Seed Vault, Norway

Have you ever wondered whether or not there is a fail-safe set in place should a worldwide famine or humanitarian disaster occur? If so, then thank your lucky stars for this vault. The purpose is to preserve spare samples of seeds for the purpose of growing food should the need arise.

5. Federal Reserve Bank of New York

There are 12 Federal Reserve banks found in the United States, all of which feature some of the most heightened levels of security. Robotics are used in the New York's Reserve's vaults while the outside security force is expertly trained in hand-to-hand combat as well as sharp shooting.

4. Vatican Secret Archives, Italy

The storage facility houses a wealth of forms, official documents and ledgers from the Catholic Church. These archives are set apart from the Vatican Library and ownership is passed down from Pope to Pope.

3. The White House, USA

The President's home remains one of the most heavily guarded buildings in the world. An iron fence surrounds the property which is fitted with bullet proof windows and a secret service detail devoted to protecting the First Family at all costs.

2. Fort Knox, USA

The building houses the bullion reserve of the United States and is one of the most closely guarded places on Earth. Fort Knox is heavily protected at all times by armed guards making it impossible to enter the area unless you were invited of course.

1. Area 51, Nevada, USA

This subsection of Edward's Airforce base in Nevada has special use air space and possesses an air of mystery that has captivated people around the world. Motion-triggered sensors surround the perimeter, patrols of armed guards are constantly surveying the grounds and protecting it from outsiders.

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