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Prisons: Security

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people were detected attempting to break into a prison in 2008-09. (291254)

The following table shows the number of incidents recorded on the Prison Service Incident Reporting System where people attempted to gain access to a prison without authority during that period. The majority of these incidents involved members of the public trespassing on the grounds of open prisons where, by the very nature of the establishments, access is more difficult to control. There have been no recorded incidents of people gaining access to the interior of a closed prison within this period.

Breakdown of incidents involving people attempting to gain access to a prison without authority

Prison type

Individuals involved

Total incidents








1. Three individuals were found leaving a prison staff locker room area located outside the main prison. Police were called but the three individuals had left the area.

2. Individual discovered on camera trying to climb the fence. Police were called but the individual had left the area.

3. Individual tried unsuccessfully to gain unauthorised entry into the main gate of an establishment.

These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.