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German Prison Changes over 600 Locks after Intern Shares Selfie with Special Key on WhatsApp

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The German prison authorities destroyed the old locks and installed 600 new locks and keys changing the passcode from the one that the intern had shared on WhatsApp.

Working at a prison is not an ordinary job as it comes with its own stipulations, and it was certainly not for an intern at Berlin’s prison, who in order to impress his friends shared with them a selfie with the most important prison cell key, the one that locks all cell and passage doors.

According to LADBible, the incident took place at JVA Heidering prison in Germany’s Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region, where the now-former intern took a photo of himself inside the prison with the key and sent it to his friends on WhatsApp. The local media reports that the unnamed intern wanted to show off his new job but accidentally ended up losing it as he sent the picture of the special key that could easily be reproduced by specialists.

It is not known as to how the prison authorities came to know of the security breach but they did find out eventually and jumped into action. The authorities destroyed the old locks and installed 600 new locks and keys changing the passcode from the one that the intern had shared on WhatsApp.

According to LADBible, the incident was reported to the judicial authorities last week as spokesperson Sebastian Brux confirmed that all cells and passage doors have therefore been changed.

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But destroying and changing 600 locks is not an easy task and it certainly cost a lot to the prison authorities. The report mentions that not only did the prison have to buy new locks and keys, but also it required 20 of the facility’s staff members to install the new security setup.

Had the authorities not acted in time, replicas of the key would have been smuggled inside the prison that could have led to a mass breakout of the prison inmates, which is currently home to 657 prisoners.

Even though there has been no official confirmation on the outlay, experts estimate that the entire cost of refurbishing the lock system would have cost the prison €50,000 that is Rs 43,80,300.