Neighbourhood-based processes that encourage the safe revitalization of a community or target area. It allows community developers, planners, and law enforcement to integrate services purposefully and improve safety in neighbourhoods.
Safe neighbourhoods have similar characteristics such as citizen participation, local culture, and opportunities for positive interactions. They also have the capacity to reduce opportunities for crime. SafeGrowth focuses on building capacity to create and sustain safe and connected communities.
What is Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED)?
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) focuses on the connection between the physical structure and the social behaviour that occurs in that built/physical environment.
It is an inclusive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach to:
- Reduce opportunities for crime
- Improve perceptions of safety
- Strengthen community bonds
CPTED practitioners use SafeGrowth Principles, design, activity, and community involvement to achieve these goals. Strategies are usually developed jointly by an interdisciplinary team that ensures that includes the community in all aspects of the process.
Some examples of CPTED are:
- Lighting configuration to increase or improve lighting in areas
- Creating landscapes that allow easy visuals for what is ahead
- Using the shortest, least sight-limiting fence appropriate for the situation
- Display security system signage at access points or change locks, doors or window security
SafeGrowth are the strands that bind neighbourhood participation, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) and community development.
SafeGrowth is applied through several key and overlapping strategies; natural surveillance, territorial reinforcement, access control, image, conflicting user groups, activity support, crime generators, land use mix, movement predictors, displacement, cohesion, connectivity, capacity, and culture.
Already operating in more than 160 accredited establishments in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge, the BBN program aims to reduce alcohol-related problems by:
- encouraging businesses to adopt best practices related to customer safety and responsible service of alcohol;
- giving businesses the tools to be better prepared for any violent incidents; and
- building positive relationships between the industry, enforcement agencies, governments and community.
The program is a partnership between AGLC, the City of Grande Prairie Crime Prevention, Enforcement Services, Fire Department and the RCMP. All licensed premises are invited to take part in this exciting program to increase nightlife safety and community safety in Grande Prairie.
The 6th Annual Best Bar None Grande Prairie Accreditation and Awards event was held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Many of the city's leading bar operators joined the program partners to recognize this year's accredited bars, pubs and liquor-licensed establishments. The list of accredited locations in Grande Prairie has grown to 13 and include:
- Bar One
- Better Than Fred's
- Boston Pizza Northside
- Boston Pizza Westgate
- Brown's Social House
- Crown and Anchor Pub
- Diamonds Gentlemen's Club
- Great Northern Casino
- Howlers Lounge
- The Den Pub and Carvery
- The Industry
- Trumps Lounge - Stonebridge Hotel
These Grande Prairie bar operators want to demonstrate clearly to the public that they value patron safety, responsible liquor service and being a good neighbour. Working hard to achieve Best Bar None accreditation is their way of showing they are industry leaders and proud of the operations they run.
The second annual BBN Grande Prairie People’s Choice Awards were presented to the winning venues. Members of the public were able to vote for their favourite accredited establishment between August 19 – September 2. The winners are:
- Best Bar – Maddhatters
- Best Food – Maddhatters
- Best Staff – Maddhatters
Grande Prairie Help End Auto Theft (GP HEAT) is a campaign aimed at educating the public on how they can better protect themselves and their valuables from the theft of and from their vehicles. This program was launched on December 2, 2016, and continues with blitzes throughout the year.
The GP HEAT team made up of Crime Prevention staff and volunteers, and Enforcement Services and RCMP officers go out into retail and residential areas issuing crime prevention notices to vehicles. These notices grade each vehicle if they are an easy target or a hard target for potential thieves.
- A thief can steal your car in seconds.
- An unlocked car or an open window an easy target.
- Protecting your vehicle and property is as easy as locking and securing your vehicle
For more information contact Crime Prevention.
Safety Audits are completed using SafeGrowth ideologies. The audits are a tool to evaluate how safe an area feels and provides recommendations to improve safety. Businesses, neighbourhood associations and not for profit organizations can all request an assessment. Safety Audits are an inclusive, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approach to:
- Reduce opportunities for crime
- Improve perceptions of safety
- Strengthen community bonds
Benefits of a safety audit may include:
- Physical changes that make a place feel safer
- Reduced feelings of fear for patrons or neighbours
- A better understanding of how to keep the property and people safe
- Increased participation in community programs
- Ideas to enhance the overall safety
If you would like to have a Safety Audit conducted, or for more information contact Crime Prevention.
The City of Grande Prairie Crime Prevention has established Neighbourhood Eye, a neighbourhood patrol initiative. This program will allow residents to actively play a role in the prevention of crime and to enhance their neighbourhoods. Residents from an established Neighbourhood Association will:
- Form walking patrols and be a visible presence in your neighbourhood
- Spot graffiti, broken equipment, burnt out lights, potholes and more
- Get to know their neighbourhood and neighbours
- Recognize good neighbour deeds and be a positive influence in the neighbourhood
- Recommend coordinated walks with community members once a week with minimum 2 people
You only need a few neighbours to get the walking patrol started. Your patrol can be made up of neighbours, family or friends for a walk any time of the day or week.
1. Go to your Neighbourhood Association Facebook page to see if a Neighbourhood Eye Group is linked. Join the group. This group is where you can create events, join patrols and share community safety ideas or concerns.
2. Post in Comments that you would like to join the Neighbourhood Eye to collect your Patrol Kit. The kit includes your vest. Sign the waiver and email it to your neighbourhood association.
3. Any questions or if you would like more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the neighbourhood you live in.
4. Create an event on your Neighbourhood Eye page to set up a patrol, or place a post in comments to arrange a time to meet with your neighbours.
It's always so important to report anything you've come across that is suspicious or requires attention. Click for reporting guidelines to know who you should call and when. Equally important is to always patrol with someone else. The link to the Tip Sheet will give you some great pointers. Not sure what to look for? Click for a list of what to look for.
Be sure to invite your neighbours to join you! Cards are available that direct your neighbours on how they can get involved. Cards are available through your Patrol Lead or emailing email@example.com. Remember, the more visible you are, the better. Your Neighbourhood Eye is also social, active and inclusive.
If your neighbourhood does not already have a Facebook group, you can help get one started! Residents who are interested in getting involved in the Neighbourhood Eye initiative are asked to contact your Neighbourhood Association and provide them with your full name and that you are interested in helping out with a Neighbourhood Eye in your area.
In getting residents and their Neighbourhood Associations set up with the right tools to be successful, Grande Prairie Crime Prevention will be hosting training sessions two times per year.
- Download the SeeClickFix app to your smartphone to report potholes, road concerns, snow removal, street sweeping, street signs and signals (include the direction of travel when encountering signal)
- Read our Reporting Guidelines to learn what types of issues are appropriate for reporting.
- Report litter and other concerns and inquiries to the Citizen Contact Centre via email, be sure to include which neighbourhood and date of patrol in the subject line and as much detail as possible in the body of the email and include the contact name and phone number,
Neighbourhood Quadrant Maps
The City of Grande Prairie has developed quadrant maps for each Neighbourhood Association to use. These will come into play if you have a Neighbourhood Eye group and are planning your walks.
- Avondale Map
- Cobblestone & Riverstone Map
- Copperwood Map
- Country Club Map
- Countryside North Map
- Countryside South & Summerside Map
- Crystal Lake & Lakeland Map
- Crystal Landing & Trumpeter Village Map
- Highland Park Map
- Hillside Map
- Mission Map
- Mountainview Map
- O'Brien Lake Map
- Patterson Map
- Pinnacle Map
- Royal Oaks Map
- Signature Falls Map
- Swanavon Map
- VLA & Montrose Map
- Westpoint Map