In video games like Grand Theft Auto, it's possible to trespass into a military base and get away. In real life, if you broke into a military base as a regular civilian what are the chances of you getting caught or worse?
By - throwawaystranger69
Depends on the base. There are definitely some bases near civilian populations which can be, and have been, successfully broken into. There are also bases where your chances are virtually 0%.
Didn’t a guy steal a tank from a base in San Fransisco during the 90s?
Let's say a base like Ft. Knox in the US?
Depends if your breaking into the military base or the gold storage vault.
The vault is heavily guarded and, practically, I'm pretty sure it's impossible for some lone civilian to sneak into it. (The vault sits in the middle of an empty field. To approach it youd need to break through the security wall and then literally sneak across an empty field that's under constant surveillance.) You'd need like an assault team or something.
The base? Stupidly easy. Large sections of the base are just empty forests "guarded" by a no trespassing sign. Even the populated sections of the base can often be accessed by driving around a half assed placed concrete barrier in the road. Though, no guarantee how long you'll remain undetected if you start trying to steal shit or bust into a building.
But, I also don't know why you would ever try to illegally sneak into the base. Anyone can get a year long pass to enter and exit the base at their leisure by doing a simple background check at the welcome center.
I mainly meant the vault. Video games make it seem easy.
That's because video games have the objective most of the time of being fun. Impossible challenges tend not to be fun.
Well unlike GTA in real life military bases can send police and the FBI to your house, and they may be able to mobilize aircraft and vehicles to chase you down even if you don't get caught in the base.
So you're pretty screwed even if they don't catch you at the moment?
Definetly friends on the base.
Gates are watched, most the rest of the fence line is not. Waterfront areas are even less watched, unless there are ships moored there.
Source: one military base I was stationed at had boat keys stolen out of 5 of our boats. Each boat took two keys. We came out and between 6 boats are had 3 keys. Cameras didn't cover where our boats were. Later we had a searchlight removed and stolen from a boat.
Just one example of many.
Couldn't it have been someone on base who stole the boats?
Possibly. We don't know. Point is, if you wanted to get into that base and many others I've been stationed at or visited, the water route is the easiest and least patrolled, if at all
We periodically had gate runners. About half were stopped by the pop up barriers, most of the rest were detained. One couple crashed their car into a fighter jet and died. Nobody got away.
What on Earth?! They purposely drove into an airbase and crashed into a parked jet? Or they were totally clueless and managed to crash into an airbase? I don’t need sleep, I need answers.
I forget the exact motive, but I believe they were in a police pursuit with civilian authorities, and didn't know exactly where they were. It was night time which made it worse. They managed to get on base due to incompetence and poor communication between the Navy and California Highway Patrol. From there they gained access to the flightline due to further incompetence where they crashed into the Jet. Both driver and passenger were killed as crashing into a fighter jet with a passenger sedan is like crashing into a titanium wall.
[This](https://abc30.com/nas-lemoore-navy-fighter-jet-f-18/4550673/) is an article about the incident a few years after the fact with poor quality night vision video.
These guys did it.
They also got caught but they weren't really trying not to.