Light-fingered apes will make a monkey out of insurers.

The people of Gibraltar have to hide more than their bananas from the naughty Barbary Macaques – commonly called Barbary apes – that share the small territory.

The brazen monkeys have taken to nicking wallets, cameras and other goods from the residents’ homes, Backchat learned during a trip to the Rock. Luckily for the residents, their home contents insurance is likely to cover theft by all types of primates.

It’s hard to imagine what a monkey would want with a wallet. But judging by the humanised and big-bellied Barbary Macaques in Gibraltar, they are likely to be spending the contents on crisps or chocolate from their local store.