Israel sees 72% rise in car thefts in first half of 2022

A major spike in car thefts is supposedly due to a severe shortage of car parts.

 Illustrative image of a car. (photo credit: PUBLICDOMAINPICTURES.NET)
Illustrative image of a car.
(photo credit: PUBLICDOMAINPICTURES.NET)

There has been a 72% increase in car thefts in the last half a year compared to the same period last year in Israel, Ituran, an Israeli stolen vehicle and tracking company, announced.

This is supposedly due to a severe shortage on spare car parts. 

“In the first half of 2022, Ituran led to the arrest of 132 cells suspected of car theft – an increase of 97% compared to the first half of the last two years," said CEO Nir Sheratzky. "The arrest of the theft cells saved the Israeli economy NIS 718 million."

“In the first half of 2022, Ituran led to the arrest of 132 cells suspected of car theft – an increase of 97% compared to the first half of the last two years."

Nir Sheratzky, CEO of Ituran

Ituran said it expects a continued upward trend in car thefts in the second half of 2022.

Targeted vehicles

 Illustration image of a man fueling his car at a gas station, in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2022. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90) Illustration image of a man fueling his car at a gas station, in Jerusalem, on June 28, 2022. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

At the top of the list of stolen vehicles for this period were: 44% jeeps and small SUVs, 27% private vehicles, 15% motorcycles, 9% commercial vehicles, 3% trucks and 2% heavy equipment vehicles.

The main target areas of car thieves in the first half of 2022 was in Tulkarm, Kalkilya, Ramallah and Hebron.