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can police scanners be traced?

I was looking on ebay and i saw those multi-band scanners, I thought, what if i stumble upon a police frequency and it got...... stuck on it, would i get traced? because i know you can't, legaly, listen to the police, something to do with you can't listen to radio/mobile phone messages or calls that aren't inteded for you.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I am sorry but you are wrong about listening to a police channel. Scanners are not illegal if they were then you couldn't go to a CB shop and buy one. They can not trace you because they only receive they don't transmit anything. You are right it is illegal to listen in on a phone conversation at least in the state of Arizona it is. That is where you get into the wire tapping issues.

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  • 3 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Unfortunatley I can't answer for the US but all UK Police forces use Airwaves which is a digital system very similar to mobile phones but on a lower frequency. The system is encrypted and all handsets go through an authentication sequence before connecting to the network therefore unless you can crack the encryption and pass the authentication process you won't be able to listen to the Police. Even if you managed that it wouldn't be particularly interesting... trust me.

    The scanners are just listening radios they can be tuned into particular frequencies that your household radio doesn't pick up. In any case it is illegal to listen in but is highly unlikely anyone will be out looking for you.

    Source(s): Traffic Officer - Ex Comms engineer
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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    Your scanner will not pick up any Police Frequency in the UK anymore so dont worry about it, we have all switched to digital airwaves using handsets that bounce off mobile phone masts much like mobile phone therefore no police communications are floating in the air anymore for scanners to pick them up, they are encrypted so only police handsets that have been added to our systems can get onto our channels.

    Source(s): UK special constable
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The scanners advertised on e-bay will not now pick up any police force, they have changed to totally digital and they have the voices encrypted so the scanners are useless for emergency services, you cannot even buy a decoder in the UK, in the US it is different.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Scanners can not be traced at all, unless you can transmit with them....once you start to transmit then yes....they can and will trace you.

    But scanners are fun.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, they don't transmit so they are untraceable, unless you have very expensive and specialized equipment. You can listen to any non-encrypted police frequency and it's perfectly legal. You just cannot go to a scene etc... or interfere in any way. Cell phone calls are illegal to listen to, for the reason you listed. With the current generation digital technology, you can't easily pick them up on your average scanner anymore. The FCC owns the police frequencies and licenses the agencies to use them, so the cops don't "own" the channels they use. The FCC has deemed it permissible to scan them, but you CANNOT interfere in police activity or use any info you might hear on the scanner.

    Source(s): Cop
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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes, any radio receiver can be traced. But police scanner frequencies are open to the public. What is illegal is to repeat what you hear to others. The real fact for any of the previously mentioned is the police and the FCC have better things to do than worrying about you or others listening to them. If they have something private, they will use frequency skipping transmissions that might give you 2 words of the conversation.

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