Police Scanner Help!

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by BrettFarve04, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. BrettFarve04 macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    My dad bought a sweet police scanner, it's so complicated. I wanna add my local police department into the scanner but it's way over my head. Does anyone have experience in theses?
  2. duffer macrumors regular

    Jul 31, 2007
    I'm pretty sure Radio Shack can program them.
  3. SpaceKitty macrumors 68040


    Nov 9, 2008
    Fort Collins Colorado
    Go here:


    If it's a radio shack scanner, you can download some software that can program the scanner for you from your computer with a programing cable. They have a huge frequency database also. Like you, we had no idea what to even do.
  4. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

    Rodimus Prime

    Oct 9, 2006
    your local PD could be using radios with a security chip in them. The local PD from my home town did this to not deal with interference. Their radios can only be pick up by another radio with the same security chip.
    If your local PD did that then you can kiss any hope of the scanner working good bye.
  5. arcanemirage macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2008
    Very Rare...

    What your referring to with scrambling is very uncommon. It cost way more money to use that technology than most departments are willing to spend. I too would like to know if there is any program available on the Mac that would let me program my Pro95 scanner. Thanks!:D
  6. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    So it's almost been 6 months since this thread was started and there still is nothing to use to program a scanner on a Mac. They still just suggest using bootcamp and you still need the scanner programming cable from Radio Shack.
  7. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    Some departments have gone to digital trunk systems. You need a scanner that can receive those signals.

    Programing a scanner really isn't that hard. Just find the freqs you want and punch them in.

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