Police in Costa Rica will be getting a new tool in their work fighting crime: encrypted radio frequencies. Uh? Yes, you read it right.

MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAIt appears that current communications by police is over open frequencies, meaning anyone with a walkie-talkie can listen in – monitor – their movements, including the criminals.

Mario Zamora, the minister of Seguridad Publica, said on Wednesday that the blackout on police communications will take place in two weeks.

Zamora added that 80% of police communications is encrypted.

The cost to fully encrypt all police communications is ¢5 billion colones, that includes the cost of locating and erecting new towers and radio base stations, frequency management, equipment and training for staff in the use of the equipment.

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