Police in Fife are urging local sports clubs and associations to be vigilant and ensure their property is secure following a number of break-ins across the Kingdom.
Between 4th and 24th April, seven sailing and golf clubs have been targeted by offenders, stealing a variety of items ranging from a dinghy to cash and a flag.
The crimes have been committed across Fife, from St Andrews to Dunfermline. Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cunningham said: "We continue to tackle acquisitive crime of all types across the district through Operation Principle, and whilst we are not linking this particular spate of offences, we are following positive lines of inquiry.
"With various items being stolen from secure buildings and in the open, the overarching message to sports clubs and organisations is to take appropriate steps to keep their property safe.
"Simple steps can be taken, such as ensuring main buildings and outbuildings are properly secured with sturdy locks; using lighting to deter thieves during the hours of darkness; not leaving any items insecure at the club after use or on display; installing CCTV or alarms; and keeping premises and grounds tidy to make them less attractive to criminals.
"Any clubs who would like a crime prevention survey can contact their local policing team, and more information is available on our website."