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Bicycle Theft

In recent years, the University of St Andrews, and indeed the surrounding area, has been subject to a large amount of bicycle thefts, and the following advice should help protect your investment. There are steps you can take to deter the theft or, if it does happen, to help the possible recovery of your bike.


Always lock your bicycle inside a building or in a well-lit area.

Do not merely lock your bicycle to it but lock it to something solid. If the front wheel is of the quick-release type, remove it and lock it with the frame and rear wheel.

Also, make sure that the lock is adequate for the task. Bike thieves often check out bike racks looking for 'bargains' - the best bike with the cheapest lock.

It is recommended that a solid 'D' type lock be used. Students are now able to purchase discounted D-locks from the University's Online Shop.

Contact your local Police office and have your bicycle coded with your matriculation number whilst you are staying in St Andrews. Record the serial number of your bicycle or the frame number if there is one stamped on your bicycle. This can be found on the underneath of the bike, close to the pedals or on the stock above, on a prominent sticker.

Theft of Valuables

Another popular crime in St Andrews is the theft of wallets, purses and clothing- so be aware!

When you open an account with a local bank and get your cheque card and chequebook, keep them in separate places. Don't leave them lying about in your room.

Memorise your P.I.N.; don't write it down.

When out and about, do not leave your bag, wallet or purse unattended in any public or University building, coffee shop, pub or in your car.

If you are unfortunate enough to have your card and/or your chequebook stolen, or you lose them, REPORT THE LOSS IMMEDIATELY to the bank and to the Police.

It is suggested that you take photographs of your valuable items at the start of the academic year so that you are able to provide a photograph in the event of theft. This is so that it can be added to the Police Scotland online system allowing police divisions in the surrounding areas to also keep an eye out for the item.

Protecting yourself at Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs)

If at all possible, avoid using ATMs at night. If you must use an ATM at night, select one with a lot of people around, which is well lit, and is not in a secluded, low visibility area.

Try to have a friend accompany you when you are using an ATM. Do not ask anyone to use your card on your behalf to get cash. They may withdraw more than they give you!

Beware of your surroundings and the people around you.

Complete your transaction as quickly as possible and do not flaunt the cash you have just withdrawn.

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