Some AGRR company owners are predicting an upswing in business this weekend as Halloween mischief abounds. “It might get a little crazy,” says Blake Elliott, owner of Hartford, Wis.-based Hartford Auto Glass.
“Usually our area is very mellow and good,” he notes. “We cover three counties, but we might get some calls. I haven’t seen much in years past … but you never know.”
There is usually an increase in car vandalism around Halloween, says Chris Coen, owner of Quincy Auto Glass in Quincy, Calif.
“We’ve already had some pumpkin smashing going on. … We get vandalism, it’s the world we live in now,” he says.
Noting Quincy is about 100 miles from the nearest city, which is Reno, Nev., Coen says, “The biggest cause of auto glass damage for us is animal collisions.”
“We see a lot of deer and bear collisions with vehicles. Bears will rip the doors and side windows off cars. It’s due to where we live. We’re living in the bear’s backyard. They live by their noise, so if they smell something good in a car, they will get in.”
He describes Quincy, Calif., as a rural town with about 5,000 residents where business is “pretty steady.”
In Houston, automotive glass damage is par for the course, says Deborah Hernandez, owner of Able Auto Glass.
“Glass damage happens all the time in Houston,” she says. “We see constant vehicle break-ins … but we could see a bit more this Halloween.”
Hernandez’s husband, Chris, anticipates more break-ins this weekend, as well.
“It should be business as usual,” says Rob Coda, manager of Ed’s Auto Glass in Buffalo, Wyo.
“I don’t think anything will change,” he says. “I’ve only seen damage to a vehicle on Halloween once in the years since I’ve been doing this. We’re in a city, but it’s a more rural area.”
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