Control procedures include not only inspecting and accounting
cylinders but also accounting for empty cylinders as well.
b. Protective measures. Pilferage is the most common hazard concerning
pipeline systems. Sabotage is always a security threat, too. MPs may well
have the security responsibility.
They should coordinate closely with
petroleum operating units.
They should also coordinate with other units'
security officers responsible for areas through which the pipelines pass.
Lastly, MPs should coordinate with the command engineer responsible for
(1) The location of a pipeline and its sensitivity determine the
security measures required.
From a security standpoint, the ideal location
is parallel to a highway and close enough to the road for observation. When
local conditions or terrain prevent this, other means or protection, such as
air surveillance or foot and motor patrols, must be used.
(2) Initial security is provided by operational and maintenance
personnel, but where their strength is not enough, guard patrols may be
Particularly vulnerable sectors of the pipeline may be protected
by guard detachments. Examples are isolated areas and pumping stations. MP
working dogs may also be used to advantage in such locations. An industrial
monitoring system can save manpower and ensure rapid repair. This system can
(3) Certain general guidelines are important in establishing pipeline
For example, in a peaceful environment, the chief threat will
probably be theft. As the level of hostility increases from low through mid-
intensity to high-intensity, the threat of sabotage will become more greater.
Of importance is the coordination of all tactical and non-tactical effort
toward observing, reporting, and immediately acting to protect the system.
The physical security officer must be instrumental in organizing and
coordinating the elements of support.
Carriers Protective Services.
Carriers can provide a variety of
with the carrier to implement services which will be based on the type,
classification, size, etc.
of the cargo.
Included in the types of
a. Signature security.
A signature and tally are required from each
person handling the shipment at each stage of its transit from point of
origin to destination.
Thus, individual responsibility for shipments is
b. Dual driver protective service.
The vehicle is constantly attended
by two persons.
surveillance of specific shipments.