How to Buy a Police Scanner

How to buy a police scanner



Step 1

Find the Correct Scanner Format


Choosing the correct format is the most important (& confusing) part of buying a police scanner. Formats types:

Digital Phase 2
Digital Phase 1
› Encrypted


What Format Do I Need?

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Where you live & what you want to listen to determines what format you need. Additionally, every county, State, agency & business is different. To add to the confusion; these change.


Format Facts

› All communication is moving to phase 2 digital.
› Encrypted signals cannot be picked up on any scanner.
› Some scanner formats can pick up more than one format; see chart below.
Phase 2 digital scanners can pick up all formats (phase 2, phase 1, trunked & analog), phase 1 digital scanners can pick up (phase 1, trunked & analog), trunked scanners can pick up (trunked & analog), analog scanners can only pick up analog.


How to Buy A Police Scanner - Frequency Chart for all Scanner Types


Step 2

Choose Police Scanner Type


There are 3 types of police scanners. Click below to view all police scanners for that type.


Home police scanner
Handheld police scanner
Vehicle police scanner


Step 3

Compare & Choose A Police Scanner


Now that you’ve narrowed your search by format & type you can compare scanners. There is a side-by-side comparison on each scanner page under ‘Specifics & Compare’. There is no shortage of things to compare on scanners; some of the most popular considerations are:

› Price
› Brand – Whistler or Uniden
› Programming
› Memory


Step 4

What To Buy With Your Police Scanner


› What accessories to buy varies greatly based on the scanner you buy.
› On each product page under ‘Accessories’ all accessories for that particular scanner are listed as well as a brief ‘Why Buy’ & ‘Percent of Sales That Include This Accessory’.


Step 5

Buy & Enjoy Scanning


Now the fun part – listening to your scanner!


Why choose Zip Scanners?

› Awesome Support
› Free Shipping
› No Tax
› Best Price Guarantee
› Easy Returns
› 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
› We Specialize in Police Scanners Only
› No Refurbished Products
› Great Reputation
› Same Day Shipping



What Do You Think?

Have any questions or think we should add something? Disagree with anything we wrote? Chat with a police scanner expert now or let us know in the comments.


2 thoughts on “How to Buy a Police Scanner”

  1. I’d like to ask you a question I live in Hanover Pennsylvania zip is 17331 okay I’m interested in buying a home Patrol 2 my question is. the scanner allowed me to input more than one ZIP code cuz I’d like to listen to not only my area but the adjacent counties around me and also Baltimore County Maryland I’d appreciate your input if that scanner will not allow me to do it tell me what’s a good option for me in purchasing is another type scanners

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