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Criminal street gangs consist of three or more people, with a common name, sign, or symbol that form an allegiance for a common purpose and engage in specific criminal activity as defined in the penal code.
Many street gangs are formed according to ethnic or racial lines. For example;
Fear and respect are synonymous in the gang culture. Gang members demand respect by attempting to intimidate rival gang members as well as the public. Gang members also work in conjunction with each other to commit crimes such as:
These crimes benefit the gang as a whole by generating money and establishing their reputation.
Factors that may contribute to gang affiliation include:
Signs of gang involvement may include:
These are some things to look for. They do not guarantee gange involvement.
To discourage gang activity, parents can take the following steps:
Use the following resources to find more information about gangs and related crimes: