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MCRP 3-02E Terrorism

The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving

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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.

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a. Be suspicious and aware of what is going on around you.

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b. Check your vehicle at irregular times to prevent establishing a pattern.

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c. Always lock your vehicle to limit easy access.

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d. Let a fine coat of dust remain on the vehicle surface or apply talc powder to help detect

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e. Secure transparent tape to vehicle doors, trunk, and hood to help detect tampering.

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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.

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g. Don't wait for passengers in an idling or parked vehicle. Get outside where you can

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28 3. Exterior Search. Unless your vehicle has been under 24-hour guard, always assume that it

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