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Header (optional) Information on Gangs Date 01/02/2018
What is(optional) a gang? Header What is a gang? The definition of a gang is a group of people with a shared interest, or who share a common identity. A gang does not have to be involved in criminal activity, although when we hear the word ‘gang’ that is what we tend to think of. It isn’t illegal to be a member of a gang, although many young people will become involved in crime through their allegiance to a gang. Many gangs involve themselves in drugs, violence and weapons.
Why do people join gangs? Header (optional) Why do young people join gangs? There are many reasons why young people will join a violent gang; often they do so to feel safer in their area. Other reasons could include: • To get protection from rival gangs. • To have power over others. • Friends or family are involved. • To make money. • Lack of anything else to do. • To get respect and recognition. • To belong to a group / family. • They can seem glamorous to some young people.
Signs someone has joined a gang Header (optional) Signs someone may have joined a gang. Coming home late or staying out more than usual. Not hanging around with their usual friends. Being secretive and withdrawn. Hanging around with people you don’t know. Having unexplained injuries. Appearing to be drunk or on drugs. Carrying weapons. Skipping school. Talking differently – for example using new slang words. Suddenly has a lot of money and can afford expensive things like phones and watches. • Wearing different and more expensive clothes. • • •
Consequence of Joining a gang Header (optional) Consequences of joining a gang? Being part of a gang can ruin the lives of those involved and those around them. Gang culture can, and does, lead to violence and death. It can also lead to getting a criminal record and a prison sentence. A criminal record affects people for the rest of their lives – their chances of getting a job, getting on some courses and travelling to certain countries.
Tell us (optional) what you know Header Tell us what you know, not who you are! If you’re concerned that someone you know may have joined a gang, the best thing to do is report it to someone rather than getting involved yourself. Even if their behaviour turns out to be for a different reason, they can then be offered support and help. If they are involved in a gang, you could be saving their life or stopping it being ruined. You can contact police on 101, or provided information anonymously via crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or Fearless… https: //www. fearless. org/en/give-info
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