Police issued an advisory warning boat owners today to beware of thieves, following a string of break-ins on both private and commercial vessels.

A spokesman said: “In some cases, large amounts of alcohol, boat parts and other valuables such as fishing equipment have been removed and these occurrences have been island wide.”

Owners should make sure valuables are under lock and key and if possible, remove them from their crafts.

Police are “also requesting that if you see anyone acting suspiciously please make note of the vessel, get a description of the suspects and notify 2950011”.