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Old 09-25-2009, 01:01 PM
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is listening to police scanners online legal? You wouldn't be in the possession of a receiver. i just wanted to know before I went looking for one.
Old 09-25-2009, 01:12 PM
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NO its not illegal!!! and if you want a police scanner of your own just go to walmart and buy one
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only illegal if you are caught doing a crime and having one ion your possession OR if you have one that can recieve frequencies deemed "illegal" to monitor. Thoses units are restricted from sale in US, but if you have one from Canada? You used to be able to modify the ones tyou could buy in the US to pick up all freqs but thoses are harder to find. Trunking and encrypted freqs will also put a damper on your right to monitor the airwaves so a good alternative is monitoring through the internet, a netbook and an aircard is far cheaper and less likely to draw suspicion from anyone glancing in your ride.
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If it is, then these sites are in big trouble!

http://www.police-scanner.info/live-police-scanners.htm

http://www.scannermaster.com/Online_Scanners_s/197.htm

http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Intern...lice_Scanners/
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A local deputy told me the website to monitor our county traffic. He did say however when they raid houses and find scanners they smash them.
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A scanner in the hands of a criminal is an early warning device. Of course the deputies would smash them.

Average Joe Citizen is perfectly allowed to own a scanner to listen to police, fire, ems frequencies.
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I believe in some states NY being one that you cannot moniter police or fire in a car. Police for sure. Vollenteer firemen are exempt.
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Listen away. Completely legal.
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Trunking and encrypted freqs will also put a damper on your right to monitor the airwaves so a good alternative is monitoring through the internet, a netbook and an aircard is far cheaper and less likely to draw suspicion from anyone glancing in your ride.

It's not hard to monitor trunked systems, not is it impossible to listen to encrypted systems (as long as it's P25, and not an EDACS systems, which no scanner can listen to)

Uniden and Radio Shack both sell them. I use a Uniden one to listen to my local system, and it's trunked.

The legality of scanners would be a better question asked over at Radioreference forums.
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