How do gangs function?

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:

  • Assaults
  • Burglaries
  • Car thefts
  • Drug sales

These crimes benefit the gang as a whole by generating money and establishing their reputation.

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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?