Yep - cos servicemen and women not buying TV licences are the biggest problem these guys face.
How about it's merely easier to involve our chain of command in hunting down those evildoers who haven't got one, than having to go after all the millions of civvies in this country who haven't got one either.
It would be interesting to see if your right to privacy is protected underthe Landlords & Tenents Act with regard to unauthorised access without a warrant.
Bt the way, I think it was when DLB was in the seat at Aldershot he bought a single licence for the garrison and invited them to inspect it at any time but refused them access to all military land under the Official Secrets Act 1911. He pulled the same stunt when they tried to poll tax soldiers and refused to supply a list of personnel as this would be a breach of security and persec.
I understand that whilst COs are obliged to allow the TV Licensing creatures onto camp, and provide a list occupied accommodation, he is not permitted to give names, since this breaches the Data Protection Act.
In my day,guard commander would keep these cretins at the gate,whilst dispatching the guard to forewarn all those in the blocks---all tvs into lockers(as in COs block inspections)--mind,tv owners tended to be few,and then only a monochrome portable.As for poll tax,I didn't realise those living in had to pay it,shock.What would the going rate be for 4 sharing a 12x12 room?Excuse my civvie ignorance.
I'm a student when I'm not in green, and we get the TV licensing people on at us all the time. Apparently, my name has been passed to their Enforcement Division for further action, as I'm on their list of people who've paid.
It's true, I haven't. Because I don't have a TV. But as far as they're concerned, I seem to be guilty until proven innocent. Should their goons pay me a visit, I fully intend to refuse them entry without a search warrant. If they're going to presume that I'm effectively a thief, I see no reason to go out of my way to be helpful, not even a little.
i think the cost of a license is way too high anyways.
that aside, i think allowing them into your accom while you're not present is suspect at best! ridiculous that serving personnel have to to pay it in my opinion too. yeah you get a few decent beeb shows, but Â£126 a year?? get a grip ffs.
Back in the summer of 94 while at Uni ( mature student ) I got the knock from TV licensing. I recognised the inspector as a student from the same site as me who thought that catching licence dodgers was a good summer job(bar work and shelf stacking was beneath him). He listed me as not owning a tv and that was the last I heard from them for four years. When I went back after the summer break it turned out that he had given the same service to several other fellow students.
On many RAF camps TV licencing have to give notice of an intent to visit as some of the electronic systems on units can damage their detector kit. It gives sections a chance to shut down any dodgy systems and more importantly, gives block rats a chance to hide their tellies.
Of course living in my own house and having a satellite dish strapped to the side of it means that I have to have a TV licence.