Mayor Sam Sullivan today released the results of an informal web poll which reveals that Vancouverites are seeking immediate action to reverse the trend of increasing public disorder on the streets of the City.
The Mayorâ€™s survey, which was posted from September 22 through November 1, 2006, at www.samsullivan.ca, drew a total of 2,469 responses. Of those, 1,909 citizens took time to provide detailed comments and ideas to combat disorderly conduct such as aggressive panhandling, open drug use, littering, and noise infractions.
â€œThe people of Vancouver have spoken clearly: they feel that our City has a serious public disorder problem and that action must be taken,â€ Mayor Sullivan said. â€œThis web survey and a series of community roundtable meetings I have conducted over the past six months have strengthened my resolve to find long-term, sustainable solutions that will restore order and civility on our streets.â€
Among the survey findings:
When asked which public disorder problems they are concerned about, citizens responded that their top concerns are:
Working with Councillor Kim Capri, a trained criminologist with more than 20 years of experience including as Executive Director of the BC Crime Prevention Association, Mayor Sullivan is developing a comprehensive action plan to address public disorder in the City of Vancouver, which will be announced in the coming days.
In addition to the web survey, the Mayor and Councillor Capri have met with more than 75 community leaders, service agencies and senior government representatives over the past six months to discuss ideas for improving public order.
Backgrounder: Mayorâ€™s Survey on Public Disorder