FROM INVESTIGATORS TO CAMERAS, THIS SHOP HAS ALL YOUR SLEUTHING NEEDS
PHOTO BY CLAIRE HOGAN
Suspect nefarious activities are going on in your life? Consider paying a visit to Austin Spy Shop. This mom-and-pop store sells audio recording devices, GPS trackers, hidden cameras and other tools that can help the average person solve a wide range of personal problems, from theft to home invasion. Kiva McDonald and former Austin Police Department undercover officer Lyndon Lueders opened the venture in January 2014 after working together on private investigations for four years. They find their shop fills a legitimate need in Austin. “Our primary focus is on preventing the bad guys,” Lueders says. “If someone’s stealing from you or something terrible is happening, you want to be able to talk to someone who understands what you may need to stop it and keep it from happening again.” Business is booming—so much so that the co-owners are opening two stores this summer in La Grange and Killeen and developing their own product line featuring a full HD camera system for homes and businesses with remote feeds on smart phones. They’ve also teamed up with local artists to create faux pieces that blend into home decor. Taking matters into your own hands has never been so satisfying.