What are signs of gang involvement?

Signs of gang involvement may include:

  • Change in behavior
  • Change in clothing (wearing specific colors like red or blue)
  • Change of friends
  • Decline in grades
  • Drug or alcohol use
  • Gang graffiti in their bedroom or on their school work
  • Having large sums of money or new expensive items
  • Having photos showing gang names, slogans, or activities
  • New gang tattoos
  • Running away from home
  • Staying out late
  • Truancy
  • Using hand signals to communicate with friends

These are some things to look for. They do not guarantee gange involvement.

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1. What is a considered a gang?
2. How do gangs function?
3. What are factors contributing to gang affiliation?
4. What are signs of gang involvement?
5. What are steps parents can take to discourage gang activity?
6. Where can people find more information about gangs or gang-related crimes?