Community clean-ups aim to reduce crime

  • Jul. 23, 2014 4:42 p.m.

The Central Alberta Crime Prevention Centre (CACPC) invites residents of Red Deer’s Riverside Meadows and Deer Park areas to join them for upcoming community clean-ups and conversations about their neighbourhoods as part of their S.A.F.E. program.

So far the CACPC has joined members of the Westpark/Westlake, North Red Deer (Johnstone, Glendale, Normandeau), as well as Sunnybrook/Mountview for the first three weeks of S.A.F.E.’s community clean-ups and conversations.

The CACPC invited members of Riverside Meadows to join them recently for a free barbeque and asked attendees what major concerns they had about their neighbourhood.

Attendees of the barbeque and residents of the area are asked to return to the Riverside Meadows Community Centre located at 6021- 57 Ave. to join the CACPC on July 24th from 3-7 p.m. to help remove graffiti and pick up any garbage that may be visible in the neighbourhood.

With Deer Park being one of Red Deer’s largest neighbourhoods and over 5,000 residents living in the area, the CACPC hopes to see a large turn-out for this community clean-up and conversation taking place Aug. 5-8th.

Residents are invited to attend the community barbeque on Aug. 5th at the Deer Park Activity Centre located at 181 – Dowler St. and talk with members of the crime prevention centre about what issues they have in regards to crime and their community, while also meeting members of their own respective community.

The CACPC hopes residents will support the initiative and return to the Centre where the barbeque will also be held, to assist in the community clean-up on Aug. 8th.

“The community clean-ups are great, because they give residents a chance to take part in their community and help build a sense of pride and community in the neighbourhoods while getting to know their neighbours at the same time,” explained Emily Falk, program development coordinator for the CACPC.

“Building these relationships between members of your community can help reduce crime by looking out for each other and keeping an eye out for irregular activity that should be reported, and just being a watchful and mindful neighbour.”