In most cases, burglaries of attended residences tend to be perpetrated by non-confrontational burglars using surreptitious means under the cover of darkness.
Day-time burglaries of unattended residences are also not uncommon. Embassy community experienced four residential burglaries and frequently received reports of burglaries targeting private homes in close proximity to our residences.
Typically, burglars prefer to slip in, steal items, and slip out without confrontation. Organized crime activity has reportedly increased in Israel during recent years.
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In a few incidents involving organized crime, stolen military ordnance or vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) have been used in furtherance of criminal activity (most often small bombs placed by organized criminals for the specific intent of targeting rival criminal gangs).
Examples of this type of violent criminal activity include: vehicular explosions in Tel Aviv in January 2016, Givatayim in April 2015, and in Ness Tziona in December 2015. Due to the fluid security environment, additional restrictions can and have been put into place, temporarily restricting these locations.
Typically these explosive are made, placed, and detonated to minimize the threat of collateral casualties and only target the intended individual. government personnel and their dependents are prohibited from traveling to most of the West Bank except for Mission-essential business or other approved purposes. government personnel are allowed to stop at roadside facilities. All other roads and locations within the West Bank remain strictly off-limits to personal travel for U. Such changes will be made available to the public in Consular Affairs Messages.
Travel Health and Safety; Transportation Security; Stolen items; Religious Terrorism; Religious Violence; Theft; Financial Security; Rape/Sexual Violence; Assault; Drug Trafficking; Fraud; Burglary; VBIEDs; Winter weather; Aviation; Employee Health Safety; Kidnapping Overall Crime and Safety Situation Post Crime Rating: Medium Crime Threats Local press and police reports reveal that persons in Israel are subject to the same criminal threats as they would encounter in any other developed country, ranging from financial crimes, organized criminal activity, sexual assaults, drunk driving, narcotic and gambling violations and confidence swindles. The vast majority of vehicle owners in Israel have taken precautions and invested in security alarm, tracking and disabling systems to protect and recover their vehicles from theft.
government personnel have sporadically been the victims of the following crimes: residential burglaries and property theft, theft of unattended personal items left in public places, motor vehicle thefts and break-ins, and stolen bicycles. In most cases, the stolen vehicles are not recovered, as they are quickly conveyed by the thieves and disposed of in neighboring countries and territories.
The threat of street crime is greatest in areas that attract large crowds, particularly places frequented by tourists or pilgrims.A crowd allows a thief (or thieves, since local thieves often operate in groups) the opportunity to select and approach a potential victim without attracting attention.Reports of petty theft are not uncommon, to include unattended items left in vehicles and public places.The Embassy receives frequent reports of such occurrences from both private American citizens and Embassy employees. Be alert to street vendors who often aggressively harass tourists.Residential burglaries are a common occurrence, especially in affluent neighborhoods.The Embassy frequently receives reports of residential burglaries targeting both attended and unattended residences.