Across the country, people have been finding coins randomly stuck in the door handles of their vehicles and have ignored them, not knowing why they were there. Ignoring them turned out to be a huge mistake. If you find one, you need to immediately take action.
It turns out that it’s the latest trick by thieves to gain access to your vehicle when you least expect it, according to Sun Gazing. They stick a penny or a nickel into the passenger’s side door handle, then they follow you home and break into your car.
You’re probably wondering how it’s possible, right? Well, it’s pretty simple, really. While it won’t work on every car type, what happens is the coins hold the door handle slightly open, but you don’t realize it since they’re on the other side of the car. When you hit the button to lock it at home, the mechanism fails because the handle is jammed.
The thieves then wait for you to leave the car and they have an open door to help themselves to whatever is inside. Also, it’s been reported that criminals have used coins to gain entry into your vehicle, then wait inside and ambush you to steal your car.
Like I said, it won’t work on every vehicle, but you can rest assured that if you find a coin stuffed into your door handle, you’re likely being followed and someone is going to try to break into your car. So, it’s definitely better to be safe than sorry, and it’s not going to hurt anybody to take a quick walk around the outside of their car to make sure they’re not about to become a victim of the sneaky trick.
As always, we report stories like this to prepare people for what could happen when they least expect it. Granted, some would argue these stories empower criminals or give them ideas, but at the same time, I’d rather have people know what’s lurking out there so they can look for it, than have them get robbed unexpectedly or get carjacked at gunpoint. The thieves already know the tricks, honest Americans do not.