The Watergate men might never have got into the Democratic Party offices without the aid of a handy device still being manufactured in Chicago.
The Watergate men might never have got into the Democratic Party offices without the aid of a handy device still being manufactured in Chicago. A firm on the city's Northside does good business from being the only maker of lock picks in the country.
Picks made by the HPC Corporation aren't simply used by lawbreakers like the Watergate burglars. Intelligence services and the law enforcers -- the CIA and FBI -- also use Chicago-made picks. And the corporation has distributers around the world.
Although picks are the firm's speciality, it also makes door guards, keys and publishes audio-visual instructions on picking locks and opening safes. The products are primarily intended for the ordinary law-abiding locksmith. But surely, HPC President Jerry Hoffman was asked, they could also be a major aid to the criminal: