Stolen to order: Israel's car thieves are getting choosier
Overall vehicle theft has been falling - though not auto insurance rates - but the practitioners have honed their craft.
Only when renting a car in Europe can Israelis still enjoy the long-forgotten experience of simply putting the key into the ignition and turning it to start the engine. In Israel, the process involves several additional steps that can turn out to be quite lengthy if you punch the wrong code into the immobilizer and find yourself waiting several minutes until the system resets itself.
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