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Car thefts: busy garages ;s à Windsor

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At the Speedy Glass center on Howard Avenue in Windsor, there has been a notable increase in the number of calls for auto glass repairs over the past six weeks.

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A windshield repair center in Windsor says it has noticed a noticeable increase in the number of customers coming in for repairs as the city deals with a skyrocketing number of car thefts.

Brian Furtado is the branch manager of the Speedy Glass Center on Howard Avenue. He says this company has had four or five people a day come in to have a car window repaired over the past six weeks.

This is not an increase in customers that we are looking for, he specifies. We really sympathize with our customers for what is happening to them.

He says these customers often arrive upset, feeling their security and privacy have been violated. Monday is the worst day of the week, adds the branch manager, because of the damage that occurred during the weekend.

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Brian Furtado sympathizes with the many victims of attempted car thefts.

Mr. Furtado says windshield replacement is the company's reason for existence, but this increase in traffic goes well beyond what is normally expected.

We don't want to make a profit off the backs of people caught in this kind of situation. Road hazards or stones hitting windshields happen. But this is very different.

A quote from Brian Furtado, branch manager of the Speedy Glass center on Howard Avenue

Friday , Windsor police and Windsor-Tecumseh MLA Andrew Dowie announced the force will receive more than $900,000 over the next three years to combat auto theft.

This money will be used to fund police investigations and prevent more car thefts.

The Windsor Police Service is one of 21 police forces that are share $18 million in funding. These funds come from a $51 million government grant announced in May.

We have heard the growing concerns of citizens and law enforcement “And I'm pleased to announce this new program and important funding to help address this issue in our community,” Dowie said.

The provincial government says the number of car thefts increased by 31% in the first six months of 2023 compared to the same period last year.

With information from CBC

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