People coming to Kirkcaldy to do their Christmas shopping can be assured they are in the safest of hands.
For the town’s High Street has become only the third in Scotland to achieve a Safer Towns award.
And it is an accolade both PC Mark Anderson, the town centre’s community officer and Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All say they are delighted with.
They have worked together with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre over the last seven months to improve safety in the town centre area to ensure shoppers and other visitors enjoy their visit without worrying about crime.
And they say that gaining the award will help to ensure that things like pickpocketing or theft is extremely rare in the area.
Shops in the High Street have also been successful in achieving Safer Retailer Awards by meeting criteria set out by the Scottish Business Resilience Centre in categories including age restriced sales of items such as alcohol and tobacco; crime and public nuisance prevention; legislation and building safety.
PC Anderson visited the various shops informing them of the levels required in the criteria and revisiting them to ensure they are met.
And the town’s shops are set to become even safer with the launch of Retail Watch, which started at the Fife Central Retail Park and involves local businesses working together to share information and ways to help cut crime.
“We are delighted with all the initiatives which are helping make Kirkcaldy a better and safer place for people to visit,” said Mr Harvey.
Praising the work, chief inspector Derek McEwan added: “I hope the successes of the past will continue into the future.”