Strengthening community safety

Trading Standards addresses some of the greatest concerns and vulnerabilities of the public.

A vital role is undertaken by local authority Trading Standards Services as trusted providers in the arena of community safety, taking action to

  • prevent people being victims of commercial crime in their own homes 
  • disrupt traders from operating in the informal economy 
  • prevent harm to children and nuisance caused by young people accessing age-restricted goods.

Across the UK joint working and sharing of resources has been established. Trading Standards works with a range of partners and often takes part in multi-agency raids alongside the Police, HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Transport, and Environmental Health Officers.

 Investigation targets nuisance calls... 

Tools for trading standards professionals 

Enforcement Toolkit
A practical guide to IP protection at markets 
The Little Book of Big Scams 

Operation Sterling, a unit within the Specialist and Economic Crime Directorate in the Metropolitan Police Service has produced a booklet entitled 'The Little Book of Big Scams.'

A link to the booklet and a downloadable version can be accessed at

The booklet is copyrighted so please be aware of the following;

You can print and distribute as far and wide as you want within your own jurisdiction.

You can add the PDF to your website for your communities to download and you can change the booklet to put your own logo on etc. (but not the content/layout).

You can use the document as a whole entity only.

You can refer to it and its contents in any of your own material.

You cannot use any of its contents in your material without reference to our copyright.

If your organisation would like to print hard copies please contact