A densely-populated country on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, Israel is the only state in the world with a majority Jewish population. It has been locked in conflict with the Palestinians and its Arab neighbors over ownership of land considered holy by many Jews, Christians and Muslims since its creation in 1948. The division of the former British Mandate of Palestine and the creation of the State of Israel in the years after the end of World War II was the culmination of the Zionist movement, whose aim was a homeland for Jews hitherto scattered all over the world. bbc.com
Medium crime rate that occur in Israel are the following: stolen items Religious Terrorism Religious Violence Theft Financial Security Rape/Sexual Violence Assault Drug Trafficking Fraud Burglary Employee Health Safety Kidnapping
According to OSAC- 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.
Over the past three years, U.S. 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.
Vehicle theft is a common occurrence. 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 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.
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. Crime increases in the Old City after dark. Be alert to street vendors who often aggressively harass tourists.