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Seeing is believing
Turkey Creek business helps put a ‘face’ to residential, business crime

Turkey Creek shoppers now have the option of stopping at a unique store — one not offering clothing or DVD players — but one selling surveillance and spy gear.

Watchdog Surveillance & Spy Gear opened at 11067 Parkside Drive in January.

“Our biggest seller is our surveillance equipment: cameras with DVRs for homes and small businesses,” business owner Gary Glarner said.

The surveillance equipment allows for home- and business owners to feel more secure. Alarm systems alert you if your home or business is burglarized, Glarner (pictured right showing his wares) said, but a video surveillance system gives police the face of the thief.

“[With] alarm systems and such, what happens is that you’re not able to prove — even if you know who did it — who committed the crime. The best way is by ‘seeing is believing,’ video,” Glarner said.

Particularly from Farragut, Glarner said he had many customers come in after their homes, businesses or vehicles were burglarized, seeking a better security system.

Another high percentage of his customers are parents searching for ways to watch over their children and men or women who suspect their spouses of cheating, Glarner said.

“We sell a lot of equipment to parents checking on their kids ... there’s equipment for infidelity if people need that, if a spouse is cheating or you have a suspicion of cheating,” he added.

Glarner also sells covert cameras, such as “nanny-cams;” spy-ware for computers and cell phones; equipment that tells you if you are “bugged,” and even covert safes.

“Unfortunately, in this day and time, a lot of parents and grandparents are having problems with children and grandchildren on drugs. And they have to find places to put their money and jewelry to keep them hidden,” Glarner said.

“We sell a lot of covert mechanisms — not to spy, but if [for example] if someone has an elderly relative in a nursing home, and they want to see what’s going on.

“They can be used for multiple purposes, legal of course,” he added.

Watchdog Surveillance also supplies equipment to law enforcement agencies.

Glarner said one local law enforcement agency was using “spy drone” miniature remote-controlled helicopters during domestic dispute calls and hostage situations to protect its personnel while still discovering the extent of the situation.

Glarner relocated Watchdog Surveillance & Spy Gear to Turkey Creek from another location in Knoxville, and was in fact looking at franchising.

“This has been real good. The location is awesome,” Glarner said.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday and is closed Sundays.

For more information, call Watchdog Surveillance at 865-675-7790 or visit


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