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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 - 10 am to Noon

January 5, 2019

February 2, 2019

March 2, 2019

April 6, 2019

May 4, 2019

June 1, 2019

July 6, 2019

August 3, 2019

September 7, 2019

October 5, 2019 

November 2, 2019 

December 7, 2019


Neighbourhood clean-up parties with the Union Gospel Mission


3rd Saturday of every month - 9am-1pm

January 19, 2019

February 16, 2019

March 16, 2019

April 20, 2019

May 18, 2019

June 15, 2019

July 20, 2019

August 17, 2019 

September 21, 2019

October 19, 2019 

November 16, 2019 

December 21, 2019

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- 10:00 a.m. - Noon

January 26, 2019

February 29, 2019

March 28, 2019

April 25, 2019

May 30, 2019

June 27, 2019

July 25, 2019

August 29, 2019

September 26, 2019

October 31, 2019

November 28, 2019

December 26, 2019