Serial numbers are embossed on each seal, and a log must be recorded serially
by the seal custodian. Freight cars are seldom padlocked; numbered seals are
used. The doors cannot be opened unless the seal is broken. A broken seal
indicates breach in security, and an immediate investigation is warranted.
j. Prompt delivery of cargo. Delivery to designated consignee that is
prompt lessens the risk of theft or pilferage at terminals.
advance notice should be given consignee before arrival of sensitive
Railway Physical Security.
a. Physical security of railways. Railways provide both an economical
and expeditious mode for maintaining a sustained flow of large quantities of
supplies over long distances, providing protective security measures are
Security measures are determined by the situation and area of
b. Problem areas for railroad cars.
(1) Railyards, where cars stand loaded, are vulnerable to sabotage or
These areas invite access to cargo by unauthorized personnel
(See Figure 5-1).
(2) A single car breakdown stops the movement of a train.
behind, on the side, encourage criminal acts.
(3) Derailment of cars can occur as a result of tampering with the
tracks or control switches.
c. Physical security of railways.
Security measures for railroad
operation are determined by the situation and area of operation.
are general protective measures:
Before loading, each railway car should be
If possible, avoid using cars with damage to their
damaged car must be used, minor repair should be made.
Railway Service (TRS) persons and commander of the train security force
should be told of the problem cars.
In organizing for a rail movement, MP
personnel will likely serve as the railway security force. They function as
a security team in support of TRS. The security force and train COs combine
their support to get the train to its destination with its freight intact.
The guard force commander will have the responsibility for security. The TRS
is to get the train there on time.
(2) Loading and sealing. Freight should be loaded carefully to avoid
loss or damage caused by train movement. Loading under the surveillance of
security personnel provides a desirable deterrent to criminals. The standard
method of sealing railroad car doors is by means of a soft metal strap. This
is actually a numbered seal. It shows that the car has been loaded and