Volunteer Jeremy has a Painter’s Touch 

Jeremy with his artwork in the family home

Every Wednesday, Jeremy Goh helps out his community on a team painting out unwanted graffiti and tags with other volunteers in the HSCPC’s Community Clean Up program. But at home, he is a talented artist whose works brighten the walls of his family’s residence.

As a special needs person, the volunteer interactions and connections are present to help increase his skills. “It’s something he likes to do with others,” says Dominic Sabatino, his community support worker.

Dominic makes it clear that Jeremy is the volunteer and Dominic is there to ensure Jeremy is safe and not get hurt by his actions. “The CPC is a good fit,” he says. The volunteer duties are there but the team members know to look out for Jeremy.

While discarded needles are a risk to all volunteers, to Jeremy, sharp objects may not be thought of as a risk or danger. That’s where eagle-eye team members Kathy, Adam or Al pre-inspect an area where Jeremy may be painting.

Shredding Day was a Win-Win! 

Adam Markovic (left: staff) and Ricardo Silva (volunteer) load up for another big shred!

Cloudy with a chance of showers was the forecast for our 2023 shredding event in May.

That might explain why we took in 8,500 pounds of documents for shredding – down slightly from 8,900 pounds in 2022.

But Shredding Day is always a sunny win\win for the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre and the community. The public can shred bulk documents securely for the low donation of $10 per box, and the CPC gets added funding to offer community-based programs for Hastings Sunrise.

Today’s culprits are identity thieves – an impersonator who uses your sensitive information. Protect yourself by saving documents and visiting us at next year’s event and we always help unload your car!

A big and warm Thank You to Rod Ivey at Best Shredding! Rod manages and operates the Best Shredding truck at our annual Shredding Day event.

Thanks also to the Hastings North Business Improvement Association (BIA) which co-hosts the shredding event each year.

Free and Fun! Here are some great events for kids and their families happening this summer in Hastings Sunrise! 

Volunteer Jade Spencer-Tam demonstrates the sled pull; Volunteer Steven Chan at the push-up station

After three years of Covid limitations, the HSCPC’s outreach program is back in full swing. Our staff and volunteers are thrilled about joining numerous events this summer, connecting with community members and providing information about safety and crime prevention. Of course, our popular Mini-POPAT* for kids (see below) will have a comeback as well! Bring your whole family – all of Hastings Sunrise’s summer events make for a lot of fun!

Nina Kreis, coordinator, Hastings Sunrise CPC

Franklin School Association presents:

Franklin Community Gathering Come check out the Mini-POPAT*, face painting, balloon twisting, and games. BBQ by donation or feel free to bring your own picnic! Fun for all ages! Located at Franklin Elementary School, 250 Skeena St.

Saturday June 24 – 4 to 7 PM

Thunderbird Community Centre presents:

Thunderbird Summer Kick-Off Kick off the summer with golfing, face painting, meeting Firefighters, and the Mini-POPAT*, 2311 Cassiar St., in the gravel field behind Thunderbird Community Centre

Thursday June 29 – 1 to 3 PM

Be A Role Model – Take the Cleanup Challenge

Jayson Cuizon has many reasons why he enjoys volunteering in the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre’s Community Cleanup Program.

“Most importantly, it gets me outside, away from the computer, and allows me to de-stress by engaging in physical activity. After I have joined a cleanup event on Saturday morning, I am ready for the weekend because it takes my brain off work,” says Jayson.

He joined the community cleanup team in January 2022 and comes out regularly on Saturdays for two hours to pick up litter or paint over graffiti in Hastings Sunrise. His motivation was to be a role model for his three sons and to show them how important it is to get involved and give back to the community.

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Watch for Coyotes

In light of increasing concerns about coyote-related incidents in the Hastings Sunrise area, the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre (HSCPC) recently hosted a coyote safety educational presentation provided by the Stanley Park Ecology Society (SPES).

“This area connects green belts and will likely always have coyotes travelling through,” according to Nadia Xenakis, urban wildlife programs coordinator for the society.

“As there are a lot of townhouse complexes and buildings with high population densities, things like proper garbage management and keeping cats indoors are key.”

Here’s how to keep safe from coyotes:

  1. Audit your properties and neighbourhoods for attractants (shelter and food)
  2. Keep dogs leashed and cats indoors
  3. Conduct hazing when encountering a coyote that is lingering or getting too close (scream, wave your arms, walk towards coyote, use airhorns, throw objects NEAR not AT the coyote, etc.)

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Welcome Our New NPO

Hastings Sunrise has a new Neighbourhood Police Officer and he’s more than happy to be here.

Constable Todd Blower has taken over from Const. Kimberly Albright, who moved west to become the NPO for Grandview-Woodlands.

He’s a veteran of policing in District Two, which encompasses Hastings Sunrise and all northeast Vancouver. “I’ve been in Operations in District Two for 11 ½ years, more than half of my career,” says Const. Blower. “And I spent the last seven years in the Downtown East Side.”

So he is looking forward to helping the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre (HSCPC) further its mandate to make our neighbourhood as safe, clean and welcoming as it can be.

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Shredding Day 2023 

Mark your calendars! Our next Shredding Day will be happening on Saturday, May 6th from 10 am to 1 pm in the Sunrise Square Parking Lot (2500 Franklin Street). 

It’s a great opportunity for community members to dispose of personal documents to prevent identity theft and do something good for the environment. 

The suggested donation is $10 per box and all proceeds go to the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre to help keep our neighbourhood safe!

If you have any questions about the event, please contact us at 604-717-3584 or info@hscpc.com. 

Seasonal Safety Tips 

VPD has a great offering of safety tips to help you stay safe and crime-free during the holiday season!

Online Shopping
• Make use of the signature option – if you’re not home to sign for the package, you can pick it up at an outlet or they can attempt delivery again.
• Log on to the company website yourself – do not enter through an emailed link.
• Check the Better Business Bureau to see if they have had any complaints about the company

In-Person Shopping
• If you must store your purchases in your car, make sure they’re in the trunk and that your trunk opener inside your car is deactivated.
• If you use your car, park somewhere well-lit and don’t leave valuables where they can be seen openly.
• Try not to take your eyes off your debit or credit card when someone else is handling it.

How to Keep Your Bike – or Get it Back! 

For too many people, your unlocked and unattended bicycle will look like an opportunity to get something for nothing.

Reduce your risk of having a bicycle stolen! Here are a few tips on bicycle theft prevention and an online ‘tool’ called Project 529 (P529) to increase the odds of a stolen bicycle recovery.

  • Lock your bicycle with a quality ($$$) lock – especially in your garage!
  • Etch or engrave your BC driver’s license number on expensive components
  • Lock your bicycle near a busy walkway; or well-lit area if at night
  • Check online for nearby bike racks or bike locker rentals
  • Record bicycle details, take pictures, record serial number and…
  • Register with P529 at our HSCPC office or online

Walk Wisely As Days Get Shorter 

It is time to brush up on pedestrian safety with the daylight hours becoming shorter. The highest number of crashes involving pedestrians occur on Thursdays and Fridays; between 3 pm and 6 pm; during the fall and winter.

Unfortunately, about one of every five victims of fatal car crashes in BC is a pedestrian. About 2,400 pedestrians are injured every year.

To not become a statistic, here are some helpful tips:

  • Look both ways before crossing the intersection. Drivers are focused on oncoming traffic and may not see you.
  • Always use crosswalks and follow pedestrian signs and traffic signals.
  • Always make eye contact; do not assume the driver can see you.
  • Phone down, head up; do not be distracted while crossing the street. This also means no headphones while crossing an intersection.
  • Wear bright/reflective clothing at night and/or during poor weather.

Stop by the CPC to pick up a reflective tag (provided by ICBC).

Seniors Find New Hope at Hopehill 

Hopehill is the new name for Beulah Garden Homes at 5th Avenue and Rupert. It has been operating since 1951 as the home and community of around 400 seniors who need affordable, independent or assisted living.

I asked Yvonne Ho, Hopehill’s operations manager, about the recent name change. “Our new name, Hopehill, signals who we are: a place of hope. It’s a new name and a promise of more than just affordable housing. It’s a community of hope: physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually,” she says.

Mary Dickau, wellness manager, says that the relationship with the HSCPC began about 15 years ago when Lorraine Chow, who looks after the seniors program at Thunderbird Community Center, brought HSCPC Executive Director Clair MacGougan to a Thursday Tea Time. “Since then, Clair and his team have dropped in regularly to visit with the folks here.”

ICBC Distracted Driving Campaign 

ICBC and the VPD Traffic Unit have launched their distracted driving campaign for the autumn season. 

Distracted driving is a serious concern in B.C., accounting for more than one in four fatal crashes and claiming the lives of 76 British Columbians each year.

ICBC and police are launching a month-long campaign urging drivers to leave their phone alone while driving. Police across the province are ramping up distracted driving enforcement, and community police volunteer teams are conducting Cell Watch deployments to remind drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

Using electronic devices, like smart phones, is one of the most common and riskiest forms of distracted driving and increases your crash risk by five times.

ICBC Summer Impaired Driving Campaign

Sadly, each year in B.C., 65 people die in crashes involving impaired​ driving. Almost a third of these happen in the summer and some occur during the December holidays. 

No matter what time of year, there are many options to get home safely if you’ve had a drink or two. So, whether it’s after work or play, make the smart choice. Remember, the best time to decide how to get home responsibly is before you start drinking.    

Here are some tips for planning a safe ride home​.

ICBC and police across the province are encouraging drivers to be responsible, and police will be looking for impaired drivers at CounterAttack roadchecks throughout the summer.

You can find more information on the ICBC website


Score a Winning Summer – Be Safe at Home! 

Warmer weather means we will start to open our windows and possibly doors for prolonged periods of time. This can let someone illegally enter your home with little effort.  In 2021, there were 39 break and enters in our neighbourhood.

Do not make it easy for them! Leaving your home for just five minutes gives someone time to climb through an open window. Always remember to close and lock your windows and doors! Opportunists will walk around neighbourhoods to determine which homes are easy targets for them. Don’t be an easy target!

Here are some tips to curb theft during the summer months:

Hot Tips for the Summer!

  • Lock all doors, even when you are at home. Make this a habit.
  • Always lock and close your windows when you leave your home. Even during the summer!
  • Get to know your neighbours! Your neighbour can be the extra set of eyes and ears when you are not home.
  • Don’t leave any valuable items in plain view of a window.
  • Look at your home through the eyes of someone looking to break in. Are you making it easy for them? Did you leave your ladder out after a roofing project? This provides easy access to a second-story window. Are your bushes or trees providing cover for a break-in?

Shredder Secures 4+ Tons of Documents

8,900 pounds!

That’s how much paper was safely shredded May 7 on Shredding Day 2022 – our best year to date based on the weight of shredded documents!

That’s a lot of financial statements, personal and business documents — anything on paper requiring privacy but needing to be discarded in a fast and secure destruction. 

Shredding Day is a major fundraiser for the Hastings Sunrise Community Policing Centre, co-hosted with the Hastings North Business Improvement Association.