I think I might have told you these two tales that I heard from a local when discussing the open prison at Ford which is on one of my regular walking routes but I think they are worth repeating. I had asked him whether there was a problem with crime in the area bearing in mind the location of the prison. His reply was;
The biggest crime in the area occurred when someone broke into
the prison, gained entrance to the workshop, and stole a load of tools and equipment.
They do a roll call in the morning and again in the evening. The morning roll call always came up with one extra person than they should have had while the evening call resulted in what should have been the correct figure. Upon investigation, it transpired that an ex prisoner was living rough in nearby Littlehampton and was sneaking in each day for breakfast before returning to Littlehampton to go about his business for the day.
Unfortunately, I have no way of verifying the truth of these but the person telling me seemed sincere.