Trading Standards South West (TSSW) is launching a ‘week of action’ to raise awareness of key areas of consumer protection in which the 15 South West local authority trading standards services are involved.
The five-day campaign – the first of its kind in the South West – starts today (September 9) and will focus on five different themes that affect the local community: doorstep crime, scams, product safety, fair trading and illegal tobacco.
The week will showcase Trading Standards’ efforts to protect consumers in these areas and share vital advice on how members of the public can safeguard themselves.
With all 15 local authorities taking part, there will be a variety of events taking place across the region. These will involve local operations to crack down on criminal activities as well as activities to raise awareness among consumers.
Lisa Peters from Trading Standards South West said: “The role of trading standards is to ensure the safety of consumers and promote the reputation of legitimate businesses.
“Our officers work tirelessly, often unnoticed, to protect the public by tackling rogue traders and fraudsters.
“The awareness we will create by highlighting our work during this week of action will serve to make our efforts more effective.”
For more information on the week of action, visit www.tssw.org.uk or follow TSSW on Twitter at @TradStandSW.