Friday, July 8, 2011


Back in olden times a few people had police scanners. They could listen to police calls and know what was going on in their local area. It all depended on their antenna system, and how far away they were from the agency they were listening to. Most of the people who could afford these expensive scanners were private security keeping tabs on their area, journalists who were chasing hot leads to good stories, two truck drivers trying to get a job and police buffs who just liked to listen to police calls as a hobby.

Now there is a website that allows people to hear live police broadcasts 24/7 wherever they can get an Internet connection. You have to make certain that anything you say on the radio is something you are willing to have recorded and played back in court, on the news, to your chief, and to your spouse.

Scanners can also be used by criminals. Some have used scanners to determine the approximate numbers of officers on duty at any given time. Others have monitored police broadcasts to determine the beat locations and response times to calls. Still other criminals have carried scanners to determine the response to specific calls in progress that they are involved in while they listen. With this new service, more people can be listening because they service is free and anyone with Internet access can hear you. Watch what you say, that’s what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

This is going to be a GROWING problem...

Fortunately, there are still "secure" channels (TAC for example), but with the right rig even these can be listened in on.

What really pisses me off is the cell phone APPS that can turn any pocket communicating device into a "listening post" for the perps.
And yes, they ARE savvy in that regard.

I believe some neighbors MUST be listening in, for whenever I call in a 44LM (Loud music) on them, they scatter like roaches under a fridge when the lights ocme

That's gotta tell 'ya something.

If I remember to do so, I advise dispatch to "keep it off the air"...(just in case).

Excellent post.

Roll safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Bad guys use technology too. Perhaps an enhancement for using a cell phone in the commission of a crime?