A recent study has discovered more than half of British holidaymakers have stolen items from a hotel, with pool towels, batteries and pillows topping the list.

In the survey, 56 percent admitted to stealing items other than toiletries while on holiday abroad, with some even confessing to pinching televisions or music players.

The findings were revealed after Sunshine.co.uk conducted an anonymous survey of 2623 British adults who have been on at least six holidays abroad in their lifetime.

Fourteen percent of those respondents said they had been caught in the act.

The survey asked respondents to list the items they have stolen during previous stays, with 31 percent naming pool towels.

Room towels were second at 27 percent, followed by soft furnishings such as cushions at 22 percent, batteries at 20 percent and cutlery, crockery or glassware at 18 percent.

Thieves also favoured slippers at 12 percent, robes at nine percent, light bulbs at eight percent, bedding such as pillow cases or blankets at four percent and decorative accessories such as vases at two percent.

One percent admitted stealing electronics such as alarm clocks, music players or TV remote controls.

Two people said they had stolen a TV, and just one person said they had stolen a Bible.

People offered varying reasons for stealing from a hotel room, but the most common response was 47 percent who said the hotel would have spare items.

A further 28 percent said it was in order to get their money’s worth.