Tuesday, June 18, 2013

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Crime Against the Community

Bravo Restaurant endures two glass breaks in as many weeks

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n Tuesday evening, someone smashed the large front window of Bravo Restaurant on Yale Rd.


For businesses who are already struggling, a simple glass break can mean the end for them and literally force them to close up shop.


According to Bravo owner Louis De Jaeger, it was the second time in two weeks that his window was broken.


De Jaeger told The Voice in an e-mail early Tuesday, after we contacted him about it, that he was very hurt and disappointed.


Insurance companies aren't sympathetic when it comes to broken glass. Even though the breakages are random, and sometimes happen during the course of a crime, businesses owners still have to pay steep deductibles.


For example, De Jaeger says the first window broken meant he had to pay a deductible of $650. But it just goes up from there.


"We haven't had any problems in 10 years, and now that's our second window broken in 2 weeks, and my insurance won't cover it, they want $1000.00 deductible per window broken," he said.


Plus, each time it happens, and the businesses file a claim, their insurance rates are jacked up because they are then regarded as a risk, even though the breakage isn't their fault.


For a smaller restaurant like Bravo, that's a lot of plates of food that have to be served to cover a broken window.


In many instances, what happens is that business owners don't even want to file a claim because the system is so slanted against them.


If you're thinking about going out to dinner, why not check out the great menu at Bravo and at the same time show your support for small businesses in the downtown. De Jaeger also brings in live entertainment on weekends.


The restaurant is located across from the post office at 46624 Yale Rd. East. For reservations call (604) 792-7721 or visit www.bravorestaurant.ca


If you have any information about this crime, contact the Chilliwack RCMP at at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).




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