The TV Detector Van

I keep mentioning the TV Dectector Van, which is something that the TV Licensing folk drive about

Despite what the site where I found this pic called it sinister bbc spy vehicles: TV Detector Van 2006, it is the TV Licensing authority who run it (which is written on the side of this van: http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk).  The licensing authority have this to say about the vans:

We also have a fleet of detector vans , plus, our enforcement officers have access to hand-held detection devices capable of detecting a TV within 20 seconds. In fact, we catch an average of over 1,000 people watching TV without a licence every day.

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/topics/detection-and-penalties-TOP5/

More about all this from the TGV Licensing site:

How do the detector vans work?
What if you can’t get close enough to detect my TV in one of your vans?

Of course, I think this is more PR than any actual threat, but they do have these things driving around.

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