IDF soldiers who live in high crime areas or areas where terror attacks are likely will no longer be allowed to take their personal weapons with them when going home for a furlough. According to one parent who investigated the issue, the rule is being applied to soldiers who live in Ramle, Lod, and the Hatikvah neighborhood of Tel Aviv – and possibly to other soldiers as well. The father said that an IDF official told him that thieves were prepared to pay as much as NIS 40,000 for an automatic weapon from the IDF.
In a statement, the IDF said that the Central Command had issued very clear orders regarding the transport of weapons and the dangers from criminal and terrorist elements. As a result of the implementation of policies on the matter, an official said, there had been a sharp drop in the number of weapons stolen.