Approximately 15,000 cars were stolen in Israel during 2015, according to Pointer, which provides vehicle location services and systems for fleet management. The figures, which look at the theft ratio for cars with insurance-mandated GPS devices, show a 16% rise from 2014. Pointer data showed 70% of the thefts involved physically breaking in and switching the car’s computer, according to a report by Globes.
A breakdown by vehicle type revealed private vehicles accounted for 44% of thefts, a 2% increase from the previous year; commercial vehicles slotted in second with 23%, a 3% increase, according to the report.
Pointer said most vehicles are stolen in one of two ways: stealing the keys from the client’s home, when there is a direct route between the home and the parked vehicle; and stealing by an authorized user usually by preparing a copy of the key given from the owner, whether to a friend, a garage, a parking structure, or a carwash, according to the report.