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November 14, 2012
Keys to the Crown Jewels Stolen?
At least, that's the story:
The locks at the Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels, had to be
changed after a burglar broke in and stole keys.
The intruder scaled gates and took the keys from a sentry post.
Guards spotted him but couldn't give chase as they are not allowed to leave their posts.
But the story has been removed from the Mirror's website. This is the only other link I have. Anyone have any idea if this story is true or not?
ETA (11/14): According to this BBC article, keys for a restaurant, conference rooms, and an internal lock to the drawbridges were on the stolen key set, but the Crown Jewels were never at risk.
Posted on November 14, 2012 at 5:57 AM
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I think there real story is here:
The spokeswoman said an internal investigation found that "our well-established security systems and procedures are robust".
A security company admitting things worked, even after a public breach. That is amazing, but also kind of nice.
I would think the entire purpose of a "sentry" is to stay in place but notify others when something happens.
Exactly. It is quite literally the very first general order taught to a recruit in the US Army.
US Army General Orders for Sentries:
1. I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved.
Not chasing is exactly correct, because the first incident may very well be intended to pull a sentry away and leave what they were guarding unguarded, allowing a second actor free access.
So, the rule is very clear. You do not chase, because that means you've left your post. You call the next guy up the chain, and you maintain your watch.
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