Are TV detector vans just a cunning con trick? For decades it’s been claimed they trap licence cheats. In fact, they’ve never led to a single prosecution
- Detector Vans were heavily promoted by the BBC, who claimed they can detect working TV sets
- It has even been claimed they are almost entirely ineffective
- BBC has avoided spelling out how many detector vans there are
- But they have never led to a single person being punished
Terrified by its depiction of vans that could see through living room walls, a generation of Britons was cowed into lining up at the Post Office to buy a TV licence.
This was, sheepishly, confirmed by the BBC in 2011 in response to a (hitherto unreported) Freedom of Information request.
All of which has only added to the weight of doubt regarding the very existence of the vans.