CARY — The town of Cary is joining a growing number of communities where police are encrypting radio communications to keep criminals from knowing what officers are doing.
The News and Observer reports Cary will soon begin encrypting and is the first community in the Triangle area to do so. Chief Pat Bazemore tells the newspaper the change will make officers safer.
But that also means citizens and the news media can no longer monitor the police on scanners.
David Bench, who helped found the local Crime Stoppers in Cary, understands what the police are doing but says that those listening to scanners can also provide information to police.
Wilmington police and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office already encrypt signals while police in Washington, D.C., started last year.