Crime rates have not dropped. Thus one could make the argument that bad guys aren't using scanners to get away with crimes. My local agency says crime has increased since switching to encryption because they have more call that require a 2 officer response leaving less officers available to patrol.And here is the next $64,000 question. Who is next, and I would like to see data regarding that crime rates have dropped since agencies went secret snoop. Us folks will probably never know it as they will probably manipulate the numbers to support the big E.