The most protected home in the world does not have the standard security measures in place as homes in the rest of the country.
The White House goes above and beyond when it comes to protecting the President of the United States and the most well-known home in the country. We take a look at some of the security features that make the White House stand out.
A Guarded Outer Perimeter
The security measures of the White House begin with an outer perimeter that wards off intruders using a fence made of reinforced iron. In the 1990’s this fence was extended an entire block to ensure that traffic can not get close to the fence, an effort meant to eliminate the possibility of car bombs near the White House.
Even if a person were to get past the iron fence, they will then be met with a concrete blockade that will stop them from going further.
On top of multiple fences, the White House is equipped with Infrared Sensors that detect heat energy. And if someone were still able to get past all of these measures, they will still have to get past security personnel on the ground and snipers that are present on the roof. Alarms are also underneath the ground, which use additional infrared sensors to detect intruders.
Secret Service and Guards
The President’s most trusted and well known sidekicks are the Secret Service. These men and women protect the President at all hours of the day, no matter the location.
Secret Service personnel are often wearing undercover clothing, they travel in packs, use code names, and they’ve received special training that gives them the qualifications to protect the President.
The Secret Service also protects Presidents and their families up to ten years after they’ve left office. These security personnel are a division of the Department of Homeland Security. According to the Secret Service, their team of snipers are the best in the world. Their snipers must accurately hit targets from 1,000 yards every month to maintain their positions.
The guards that circle around the lawns of the White House carry semiautomatic pistols, shotguns, and machine guns.
No Visitors on Ground or in Air
The White House is a no fly zone. Helicopters and airplanes are not allowed to fly within a certain radius of the White House. This rule has been further enforced and the no fly zone has been expanded since September 11.
To ensure this rule, the White House is equipped with a laser detecting radar on the roof. This area is monitored at all hours of the day. Every person and object that enters the White House is screened. This includes food, mail, packages, and visitors. Nothing gets into the White House without being thoroughly checked.
An Entire Home of Ballistic Glass
Since the 1950’s, every single window at the White House has been armed with ballistic glass, which is bulletproof.
There’s been occasions of shots being fired at the White House, and this glass prevents any further incidents.
There’s been a few incidents of attempted attack or entry of the White House. In 1994 a man shot many rounds at the White House, and later that year a small plane circled the Washington Monument, crashing and killing the pilot.
A helicopter actually landed on the lawn of the White House in the 1980’s. The pilot of the aircraft was taken into custody. As recent as a few years ago, a plane violated the airspace rules at the White House and the Secret Service launched a flare at the plane.
Over 1,200 Secret Service agents work around the clock at the White House, various embassies and diplomatic missions across Washington D.C., along with 2,800 plainclothes members of the Secret Service.