Magazine article Security Management

John Hunepohl, PSP, Has Worked in the Field of Security His Entire Professional Life

Magazine article Security Management

John Hunepohl, PSP, Has Worked in the Field of Security His Entire Professional Life

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John Hunepohl, PSP, has worked in the field of security his entire professional life. After traveling the world as the child of an army family, Hunepohl served a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy plus a six-month critical extension during his Vietnam tour.

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After he received an honorable discharge in 1966, former navy comrades convinced him to join IBM in Richmond, California. IBM introduced Hunepohl to the business world, but a 68-year-old neighbor introduced him to the world of locks and locksmithing, which he himself was only just learning. "I was intrigued with the fact that a 68 year old could learn a new trade and start a successful business" said Hunepohl.

After taking locksmith training, Hunepohl followed in his neighbor's footsteps and opened his own security business in Antioch, California in 1968. He soon gained a reputation as being accomplished at picking locks under less than ideal situations. With court orders in hand, various law enforcement and government agencies called on Hunepohl to open facilities while ensuring that "evidence of entry" was not discernible.

Home burglaries were on the rise at the time, and providing security systems for both homes and businesses was a logical step. …

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