$2K to repair damaged home windows, however Peterborough enterprise homeowners say the downtown negative effects are way more damaging


Lisa Couture stands in front of her broken window for her George Street business, Couture Candy PTBO.  Other businesses have dealt with broken windows, and Couture says it's affecting Downtown's image.Lisa Couture stands in front of her broken window for her George Street business, Couture Candy PTBO.  Other businesses have dealt with broken windows, and Couture says it's affecting Downtown's image.

Within the video a person walks as much as a Lisa Couture storefront in downtown Peterborough, vomits after which kicks a close-by window.

“Our insurance coverage premiums will go up dramatically if we undergo the insurance coverage we’re paying out of pocket,” says the proprietor of Couture Sweet PTBO, a brilliant, bubbly pink storefront on George Avenue.

“It is someplace between $1,600 and $2,000. Six weeks earlier than Christmas.

Whereas it is irritating to see the harm and should pay out of pocket, there is a larger concern on the a part of Couture and different retailer homeowners whose home windows have been smashed: Will it have an effect on the town’s picture of the folks there?

“The negativity round downtown is all the time round dependancy, psychological well being, homelessness, so folks mechanically assume it was that kind of individual and it actually wasn’t,” says Couture. “We simply need folks to know that these items occur, and nonetheless come to city.”

Lisa Dixon, proprietor of Blackhoney Cafe and Bakery, has been on the town for 17 years. She’s had a number of break-ins through the years the place her door was broken, however she broke her window for the primary time as eating places have been popping out of the COVID-19 lockdown.

“It was a really unhealthy time,” Dixon stated. “You do not wish to cease folks from coming in, however then you’ve this terrible board (overlaying the window) and it took a very long time to get better.”

Dixon stated, “It was such a scar for me and my enterprise as a result of we weren’t getting the enterprise.” “It appeared like we have been off.”

The person who broken their window vandalized different storefronts that very same evening. It value his enterprise $600 to restore the harm.

Dixon says she was nonetheless dealing with the current lockdown and hardships brought on by the pandemic when her storefront was ransacked.

“Each time one thing places you down, it is arduous. Not simply bodily, however emotional… so I took (breaking the window) personally,” she stated. “Simply seeing it killed me. So I spent a number of days actually down.

In Couture Sweet, Couture says she found her window was damaged after a late-night name to the police.

“We did not know if it was the massive window, we did not know if our retailer was ransacked … if something was taken,” she stated. “We have been shocked it had already occurred.”

Video surveillance confirmed a “partisan, younger man in his 20s” who “had an excessive amount of to drink” and stumbled within the door, vomited after which “ass kicked the window,” says Couture.

What’s particularly irritating is how a lot Couture says she advocates for downtown, and when incidents like this occur she has a chance to solid a unfavorable gentle and scare folks.

The storefront has additionally modified. Not solely is a sheet of plywood overlaying the damaged window, however he has additionally put in a gate in entrance of his entrance in case the shop is closed.

He had purchased the gate earlier than the incident, however obtained it put in solely later. “That is not the look we’re after,” she stated.

In his almost 20 years within the metropolis, Dixon says he hasn’t seen something prefer it.

The stress of the pandemic, and the pressure on psychological well being assets that many individuals discover themselves in disaster may trigger folks to be in “unhealthy form,” Dixon says, resulting in a spike within the variety of incidents within the metropolis.

However she additionally says that adjustments are already taking place. Police are conscious of the problems, and assets are being mobilized to assist. Dixon says she want to see a downtown neighborhood middle to assist those that want it.

It is not clear although if that may have affected the one that broke the window at Plant Golles, the place proprietor Desiree Kretchmar says hers was damaged final November.

“It was not malicious, not somebody attempting to rob us. It was straight-up vandalism,” Kretchmar stated. “It’s irritating as enterprise homeowners.”

Once they got here inside, they needed to slant that a part of the shop in order that the chilly air would not kill their crops.

Fortunately, their landlord, Ashburnham Realty, footed the invoice to interchange the window, which may have value as much as $2,000 to interchange.

And like Couture, she says her predominant concern is how the occasion will have an effect on folks’s notion of the town.

“I hate how typically the narrative is about how homeless folks did it or drug addicts did it,” Kretschmer stated. “No, drunk 20-something dudes did.”

“It’s one thing now we have to struggle in opposition to, it isn’t what’s inflicting the difficulty,” she stated.

However downtown isn’t unsafe, and damaged home windows occur all around the metropolis and in different cities, she notes. Give downtown an opportunity and do not let a number of damaged shards of glass colour your notion of it.

Couture says he hopes folks will proceed to assist downtown and never let the damaged home windows scare them away.

“We nonetheless love our metropolis and can advocate, and hope it would not destroy folks’s expertise,” Couture stated. “Downtown is a good a part of our metropolis and they need to come down and expertise it for themselves.”


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