Out Shopping
Don’t give opportunist thieves the chance to bag your belongings!

North Wales is a great place to go out shopping, with a whole mix of big stores and smaller independent shops and markets.


However crowds, music, noise and aching feet can all make shopping quite stressful.


But make sure you stay alert at all times. You might be rushing to get it all done, chatting with a friend you’ve just bumped into or queuing at the cash desk, opportunist thieves are always after small items like mobile phones and purses, so keep them close and keep them secure.


  • DON’T LEAVE YOUR HANDBAG UNATTENDED in shopping baskets or trolleys, pushchairs or mobility scooters.
  • In cafes and restaurants keep bags on your lap, between your feet or place the strap around a chair leg.  Don’t hang your bag on the back of your chair where you can’t keep an eye on it.
  • DON’T LEAVE YOUR MOBILE PHONE ON THE TABLE. Mobile phones are frequently targetted by thieves and easily swiped when your back is turned even just for a minute. Check out our tips on how to protect your phone should it become stolen.
  • While walking about  KEEP HANDBAGS CLOSE TO YOUR BODY, and closed at all times.  Choose a bag that can be zipped. Your purse and phone should be well hidden and tucked away out of sight, and out of easy reach, of pickpockets.
  • Be particularly careful on public transport, keep your bag where you can see it. If you carry a rucksack, wear it on your front rather than on your back or over your shoulder.
  • In public toilets, DON’T PLACE YOUR BAG ON THE FLOOR as it could be snatched from the outside. If there is one, use the hook on the back of the door instead.
  • BE MINDFUL OF DISTRACTIONS, thieves working in pairs may try to divert your attention in order to steal your handbag.
  • Avoid carrying too much around with you, the more bags you’ve got the more vulnerable you are.
  • If you need to take shopping back to your car, put bags in the boot – don’t leave them where they can be seen.
  • For more advice on keeping your car and its contents secure while out shopping and when you get home, see our Vehicle Security page.
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