Signs of Gang Activity

Gangs exert major influences on their young members. If your child's attitude and appearance change drastically in two or more of the following ways, it's time to intervene. Remember: what you see, you can change!

Signs that your child may be involved in gang activity

  • Suddenly performs poorly in school
  • Suddenly argumentative with parents and teachers
  • Show signs of tobacco, alcohol or drug use
  • Changes circle of friends and desires too much privacy
  • Carries a weapon or conceals personal items
  • Makes impulsive, excessive purchases (clothes, jewelry, car)
  • Has large sums of money from an unexplained source
  • Gets tattoos or draws graffiti on personal belongings
  • Uses a gang's specific colours, emblems or hand signals
  • Has had negative interactions with police
  • Engages in vandalism or delinquent behaviour

What parents can do to assist in preventing gang activity

  • Spend quality time with your child and get involved in their education
  • Be a positive role model and set the right example
  • Know your child's friends and their families
  • Teach your child how to cope with peer pressure
  • Help your child develop good conflict/resolution skills
  • Encourage your child to participate in positive after school activities with adult supervision (e.g. organized sports, youth groups)
  • Challenge your children's whereabouts
  • Set expectations
  • Monitor social media platforms (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, etc)