This year’s Links Market will be supervised by G4S – the first time a private security firm has been contracted to police the event.
Fife Constabulary, who has previously provided security, has ensured that the same resources will be in place to guarantee the safety and enjoyment of visitors. Police officers will still be present for the duration of the six-day event, which begins on Wednesday.
The Market has been marred with a history of violence in the past, and is especially vulnerable to pickpockets. Superintendent Andy Edmonston advises visitors to be careful during their stay.
“I am urging visitors to take sensible precautions such as making sure they don’t leave valuables on open display in their cars, including removing satellite navigation systems from vehicles when parked.”
He also stressed the importance that people be aware of the laws concerning alcohol consumption in public spaces.
“(Fife Constabulary) will take robust action against people found to be carrying and consuming alcohol in public spaces... There will be a zero tolerance of any anti-social behaviour, which could stop other people enjoying their annual day out at the Links Market.”
The Links Market, which makes an annual visit to Kirkcaldy, is the longest street fair in Europe and attracts on average 100,000 visitors a year.