THUNDER BAY – Smashed windows in local businesses in the Fort William Business District have grown to epidemic levels. Over the past months, windows or doors have been smashed at The Royal Arms Cafe, Steepers Tea, Crafters, Axel’s Plumbing, and Trixxx.
This issue has been growing over recent weeks. Business owners in the area are now left in the position of either paying for the window replacements through an insurance claim or paying to fix the smashed windows themselves – either way the cost is impacting the bottom line and taking away from their businesses.
During the day in the downtown area, Thunder Bay Police offer foot patrols. However the popular program ends at the end of the business day. The issue of smashed windows happens from about 11PM until sunrise.