Aug 2 2012 by Caitlin Black, Harrow Observer
MORE than 600 people in Harrow have been caught out for not having a TV licence so far this year.
TV Licensing caught 660 Harrovians watching television without a licence during the first six months of 2012.
They are among more than 204,000 people caught across the UK during the first half of this year.
TV Licensing spokeswoman, Victoria Sykes, said: “Unfortunately, a minority of people do not pay for their licence, which is unfair to the law-abiding majority who do pay. If people decide to watch TV without being properly licensed, they risk prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000.”
A colour TV Licence costs £145.50 and is required by anyone watching or recording programmes on TV, whether they are using a TV set, computer, or any other equipment.
Consumer Credit Counselling Service, director of external affairs, Delroy Corinaldi, said: “TV Licensing makes the process of purchasing a licence as easy as possible, with many ways to pay and an informative website helps to ensure that people are correctly licensed. We would urge anyone having trouble with payments to contact TV Licensing so they can provide additional advice.”
The average evasion rate remains at a low of just over five per cent.