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Re: Indiana Scanner Law
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2013, 09:22:20 PM »
KIND OF LIKE OUTLAWING GUNS.  THAT WAY CRIMINALS WON'T BE ABLE TO GET ANY, RIGHT ??????????

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« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2013, 02:19:02 PM »
This one one of those subjects that the legislature tried to tackle at some point in the past, prior to changes in technology.  Like a lot of "regulations" on the books, it is generally only used to trip up somebody that has caught the attention of "law enforcement personnel" for some other reason.  Indiana, unfortunately, was one of just a handful of states that got carried away with this a few years ago.  There are worse places though, Michigan and Florida coming to mind.

Today there is more information available through the internet, and cell phone technology, than ever before, and it ain't gonna stop getting better or worser, depending upon which way you look at it.

Nearly every city and most counties have coverage on various public service streaming audio sites that rebroadcasts police and fire channels to the general public.  While it is harder for the radios to keep up on trunked systems, they still do on many of them.  Typically narcotics and other detectives scramble their transmissions.  Not good for transparancy in government, but possibly justifiable.  So far it is not illegal in most places to have a cell phone or other "smart" device in your possession, although in police circles there are concerns about citizens listening in on their work conversations in that manner.

Railroad workers sometimes also have issues with being listened to by the public when they are at work.  Like rogue cops, you gotta wonder why a rogue railroad employee would have anything to fear unless they were up to something questionable themselves.

Cell phones and smart devices are used all the time as terrorist tools in unsettled societies around the world, and if there was one thing out of all that should be banned for that reason, this is probably the one.    Instead, wearing shoes or underwear on a commercial airplane is frowned upon, because both have been misused in the past.  Camera's and commercial radio scanners bear the brunt of the frustration out there in the "security" community, because most people in daily life do wear shoes, underwear, and carry a smart fone, but only kooks and malcontents would have a scanner or a camera.

My suggestion is to disguise your camera and your scanner as a cellphone, and then just don't worry about it.  There is no point in being paranoid.

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Re: Indiana Scanner Law
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2013, 02:25:35 PM »
And most cell phones don't operate on the band anymore that the scanner laws and the block outs in the scanners are trying to protect.

Most cells operate in the multi gigahertz range and went digital.

Most PDs went digital too.
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Re: Indiana Scanner Law
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2013, 02:40:24 PM »
Don't carry a pressure cooker with you either.  I don't believe anybody younger than our great grandmothers still has one, but still.....

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Re: Indiana Scanner Law
« Reply #24 on: May 17, 2013, 10:02:41 PM »
After reading all of this do you think the law will ever change----Thanks

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Re: Indiana Scanner Law
« Reply #25 on: May 19, 2013, 10:24:56 PM »
After reading all of this do you think the law will ever change----Thanks

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