Local auto glass companies receive more than 50 calls per week amid rising smash and grabs
COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) – While it’s not unusual this time of year for cars to be broken into, auto glass makers say it is at an all time high this year.
The phones in auto repair shops are ringing like crazy.
“We’ve seen an influx taking probably 20 to 30 phone calls a day for parts availability and then availability to actually get the job done,” said John Weddell, director of Columbus Body Works.
Weddell says their store started receiving these calls right after Thanksgiving.
“Especially where we were doing three, four a week total,” Weddell said. “Now we see three and four a day that we actually put in vehicles. “
Columbus Body Works is one of several auto repair companies in the city with a high volume of auto break-in repairs.
Criminals are not too exacting about the cars they break into. Weddell says Columbus Body Works saw a variety of different cars.
“A 20-year-old vehicle to a ten-year-old car,” said Weddell. “We see all types of vehicles being broken into.”
Weddell says that while the holidays are always a busy time due to the increase in auto accident repairs that his workshop receives a lot, his team members are working overtime to try and fix those broken windows as soon as possible. .
“We’ve always really tried to focus in December on getting the cars back into the aisle as quickly as possible,” said Weddell.
Stephen’s Auto Glass wasn’t available to walk past the camera, but let’s say that last December they got about 20 calls a week and 50-60 calls the week before Christmas.
Stephens Auto Glass Company claims to have a fast turnaround time as well – repairing windows in just 24 hours.
Just one week away from Christmas, having extra expenses can be a financial burden for many.
“It’s never a great time to blow up an insurance or window claim and you know that auto glass can go for a low of $ 300 and some of it is quite expensive,” said Weddell.
We contacted the Columbus Police Department about what can be done to protect these issues, but they were not available today
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