DFW Scanner exists solely to inform others.

We believe community is best when people are informed.

Our passion for providing accurate and timely information has led to an incredible digital following with over 860,000+ followers on social media, reaching millions of people each month online.


DFW Scanner is a social media based news blog dedicated to informing north Texans of local and community emergencies and public safety incidents.

We cover the big stuff.

House fires. Police chases. Major car crashes. Traffic alerts. Severe weather.

They occur in our neighborhoods and communities on a daily basis. It’s important to know what’s happening around you. We bring that news straight to your social media timelines and websites.


As our name indicates, we primarily utilize scanner radios to obtain information.

We actively monitor Fire, EMS, Police, and other emergency response radio traffic from agencies across the north Texas region.

We also gather information from official public safety sources online, and the hundreds of thousands of DFW Scanner followers across the area.

All of this information is published through our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), news blog, and mobile apps (Apple & Android).


We primarily cover the following regions: Dallas County, Tarrant County, Collin County, Denton County, Wise County, Parker County, Johnson County, and Ellis County. Sometimes we do cover incidents outside of these counties, but it is rare.


We are glad you’ve stumbled upon our website!

Look through the incident feed and read some of the latest news.

If you think this information may be beneficial to you, please join us!

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And download our mobile app on your Apple and Android devices.

John Burgdorf is the owner and creator of DFW Scanner. He is the owner of Burgdorf Media, L.L.C. and the President of DFW Scanner Donates. You can contact John to learn more about our advertising opportunities and any other requests.

Who we are

We care deeply about the privacy of each visitor. As a provider of news information, we value the freedom and openness of the internet, and believe it is important to let our visitors know about some functions on this website. If at any time, you feel your privacy has been violated by visiting this website, please leave the site immediately and do not return.

Our website address is: https://dfwscanner.net.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you submit a contact form through this website, the information that is required to send a form is kept on hand, but is not reused in any way. We do not sell or profit off your email address or contact information.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


We actively utilize analytics software to track data related to our audience. Information collected through Google Analytics, MonsterInsights, and Quantcast is used for marketing and advertising purposes. Cookies collected through these sites allow us to display promotional material and targeted advertising. You can visit the Privacy Policies for each analytics tracking platform here: Google Analytics, MonsterInsights, Quantcast.

Who we share your data with

We do not share or sell your data to anyone.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

Our analytics services retain your data for marketing and advertising purposes.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

If you feel your privacy has been violated or you wish to submit a concern, please contact us and we will respond appropriately.


We collect information about visitors who comment on Sites that use our Akismet anti-spam service. The information we collect depends on how the User sets up Akismet for the Site, but typically includes the commenter’s IP address, user agent, referrer, and Site URL (along with other information directly provided by the commenter such as their name, username, email address, and the comment itself).

Pop-Up Maker

If you submit a subscription form on our site you will be opting in for us to save your name, email address and other relevant information.

These subscriptions are used to notify you about related content, discounts & other special offers.

You can opt our or unsubscribe at any time in the future by clicking link in the bottom of any email.


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We use anonymous cookies to prevent users from seeing the same popup repetitively in an attempt to make our users experience more pleasant while still delivering time sensitive messaging.


How long we retain your data

Subscriber information is retained in the local database indefinitely for analytic tracking purposes and for future export.

Data will be exported or removed upon users request via the existing Exporter or Eraser.

If syncing data to a 3rd party service (for example Mailchimp), data is retained there until unsubscribed or deleted.

Where we send your data

Popup Maker does not send any user data outside of your site by default.

If you have extended our subscription forms to send data to a 3rd party service such as Mailchimp, user info may be passed to these external services. These services may be located abroad.

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