Television licencing enforcement officers have warned householders to ensure they have an appropriate permit if they want avoid a fine.
New figures from TV Licensing revealed that the organisation caught more than 400,000 people watching television without a valid licence last year. And while it's estimated that 95 per cent of UK homes now have the correct documents, officials said they will continue to track down people who refuse to pay.
At the moment, a colour television licence costs £145.50 per year and anyone watching or recording television programmes, either through a television, on a computer or other equipment, is required to have one. People caught watching TV without a licence face a fine of up to £1,000 and also risk being prosecuted.
TV Licensing spokesperson Dualta Redmond said: "The data released today shows evasion remains at low levels of around five per cent, with the overwhelming majority of people correctly licensed.
"When compared to our European neighbours, the UK’s rate of evasion clearly shows a nation of law-abiding TV viewers, but in order to be fair to the majority who do pay for their licence, we'll continue to pursue the small minority of people who do not pay."