CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) program activities employ elements of environmental criminology; design considerations and effective use of the built environment that lead to a reduction in fear and the incidence of crime, and an improvement of the quality of life. The pride that a community shows by keeping streets clean and managing graffiti in a timely manner is reflected through the behaviour of citizens living in and visiting the neighbourhood. The CPTED program seeks to influence behaviour and encourage stewardship to reduce further acts of vandalism and supports the Vancouver Police Department goal to help reduce property crime.



With grabbers, tongs and bags supplied through the City of Vancouver’s Keep Vancouver Spectacular campaign, teams of volunteers target areas recorded or reported for ongoing littering. Clean ups are performed year round in all weather conditions with the reward of a shared meal afterward to collect statistics and exchange observations. By concentrating clean-up efforts in areas identified by residents, volunteer patrols, and discarded needle mapping, the GWCPC has helped demonstrate environmental improvement by increasing resident’s sense of safety with less litter present between visits and reduced numbers of needles recovered. Cleanups are scheduled as a group activity on the first weekend of each month. Clean-ups have a huge impact on our local neighbourhoods. Removing litter not only makes the neighbourhood cleaner, it also makes it safer. Research has shown that systematic removal of garbage can greatly reduce crime, vandalism and mischief.




1st Saturday of the Month - 10AM - 12PM

September 5, 2020 

October 3, 2020 

November 7, 2020

December 5, 2020  



3rd Saturday of every month - 10AM-12PM

September 19,2020

October 17, 2020

November 21, 2020

December 19, 2020

1977 Commercial Drive



The GWCPC has gathered a supply of paint, rollers, brushes, trays and other materials offered by the City of Vancouver through the VPD along with other community gifts-in-kind to contribute to civic graffiti abatement initiatives. The GWCPC is committed to an ongoing campaign to repaint commercial waste containers that are often neglected and can remain defaced for long periods. Ongoing documentation of damage to public art murals and shared reporting with the City and local BIA have assisted in prompt removal of new incidents of graffiti from public and commercial premises. The GWCPC has produced and distributed a brochure explaining the responsibilities of the graffiti bylaw that included prevention strategies and solutions for removal, while offering a consent form to give volunteers permission to assist low income, seniors and other residents with barriers in painting out new graffiti tags.


1977 Commercial Drive

Last Saturday of the month- 10AM - 12PM 

September 26, 2020

October 31, 2020

November 28, 2020 

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