MCRP 3-02E Terrorism
The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving
Appendix A Vehicle Bomb Search
3 1. Background. Today's terrorists are usually members of a well-financed organization, fighting 4 for a political cause and able to employ simple or sophisticated weapons to further their cause. 5 They can be male or female, young or old. Eighty percent of all their attacks take place in or 6 around a vehicle. In 67% of those attacks their weapon is a bomb.
7 The reasons are simple: car bombs are easy to make and have a devastating impact. Vehicles are 8 inviting targets. They are exposed and often left unattended for long periods. They frequently 9 carry important people. In addition, vehicles have their own electrical power supply and carry a 10 store of explosive fuel. One gallon of vaporized gasoline has the explosive equivalent of seven 11 sticks of dynamite. Whether the bomb is remotely controlled or time-delayed, the explosion and 12 resulting fire give the terrorist time to escape the scene.
13 Drivers should learn to recognize danger signs. Learn how to search a vehicle for signs of 14 tampering or explosive devices, and call for help if you need it.
15 2. Prevention. Certain procedures apply that may help prevent your becoming a victim of a 16 vehicle bombing.
a. Be suspicious and aware of what is going on around you.
b. Check your vehicle at irregular times to prevent establishing a pattern.
c. Always lock your vehicle to limit easy access.
d. Let a fine coat of dust remain on the vehicle surface or apply talc powder to help detect
e. Secure transparent tape to vehicle doors, trunk, and hood to help detect tampering.
f. Install two bolts in an X pattern over the open end of the exhaust pipe. This is one
24 place a terrorist can easily and quickly place a bomb. Another favorite spot is the fuel tank. Use a 25 locking gas cap and install or have installed a mesh strainer in the mouth of the filler tube.
g. Don't wait for passengers in an idling or parked vehicle. Get outside where you can
27 see everything that's happening.
28 3. Exterior Search. Unless your vehicle has been under 24-hour guard, always assume that it