A new study, which surveyed the crime in the UK, suggests that a Briton is robbed every three minutes in the country.
Last year 1.8 million Brits were victims of street crime, and now experts believe that better security in cars, homes and shops mean that criminals are now targeting victims on the street, the Daily Express reported.
AdvertisementAnd more people on foot carry expensive gadgets like phones and iPads, with stolen valuables typically worth more than 300 pounds.
The criminals most often strike during daylight - with about one in five of all incidents happening early on a Saturday afternoon, a survey found.
The second most common time is after the pubs close on Saturday nights when about 17 per cent of thefts happen between 11pm and 2am.
More than 16 per cent bag and phone thefts take place in bars and pubs, another 14 per cent occur on buses, trains and trams.
According to the survey, pickpocketing rose by 10 per cent last year over the preceding 12 months.