Increased security presence at Tallinn Christmas market ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

Tallinn Christmas market.
Tallinn Christmas market. Source: Minupilt.err.ee/Simo Sepp

Additional police officers are on patrol during the holiday season at Tallinn's Christmas Market as a precautionary measure after markets in Germany were attacked several years ago.

Estonia is still untouched by terrorist attacks, but precautionary measures have been applied at Tallinn's Christmas market. The level of danger for Estonian law enforcement officers has not changed but more police are out on the streets.

"The level of danger here in Estonia has not changed. There are usually more police officers out at Christmas as, at this time of year, people gather for different events and when there are more people out we plan more police patrols. If there is a need to react to disorder then we can then help immediately," said Raavo Järva, chief of operations for the Northern Prefecture.

At the Christmas market police work together with a security company, the city government and municipal police. No major disorder has been reported so far.

"The situation is calm there. There have been no extraordinary events. Our police officers have been asked for directions, for example, as a large number of Christmas market visitors are tourists and they have turned to the police for help," Järva said.

Christmas market guests and stallholders also feel safe in Town Hall Square.

"There is such a homey feeling at Tallinn Christmas Market because the traders know each other well and are ready to keep an eye on the stalls. They have not felt any fear," said trader Marta-Lotta.

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