I have been into scanning since my freshman year of high school. I'm now 46 and still into scanning. If my scanner is not on, it's because I'm either not home or fast asleep. (and sometimes it's on then, too.) I have always wanted to know what is going on in my city, my neighborhood and my county that I live in. I hate to see all these places that are encrypting or using pro-voice. I keep hoping my local police don't do any of those things. For the first time, however, I found myself wishing that my local police had encryption. About 2 weeks ago, I awoke at 2:15 in the morning to loud, angry voices outside the front of my home. I looked out my bedroom window to see about 20 (at least) people fighting in the street and in my front yard. My wife and son watched out the window as I called the police. We watched and waited and waited for the police to arrive. Right before they got there (about a minute or two) someone in the group yelled "the cops are coming" and they all got in their cars and took off. I don't know if they had a scanner or not but I suspect they did. For the first time ever, I found myself wishing the local p.d. had encryption. I have already lost that thought but I can and do understand why some places have gone to it. To finish my story, the police came to my door later that night (after blocking the entire street and getting out the yellow crime scene tape) to tell me someone had been stabbed and the house next door to me had 4 individuals in there that would not come out. After several hours, they came out peacefully, but by then the whole nieghborhood was aware of what was going on. Just food for thought. I guess it only takes something like this happening near you and your loved ones to make even the most die hard scanner person think.