Police Department

Gang Tips For Parents

Warning Signs

You should be concerned if your child:

  • admits to gang involvement;
  • is obsessed with one particular color of clothing or shows a desire for a particular logo over and over;
  • wears sagging pants (this in and of itself is not indicative of gang activity);
  • wears excessive jewelry with distinctive designs and may wear it only on either the right or left side of the body;
  • is obsessed with gangster-influenced music, videos and movies to the point of imitation;
  • withdraws from family with an accompanying change in demeanor;
  • associates with undesirables and breaks parental rules consistently;
  • develops an unusual desire for privacy and secrecy and may completely rearrange living quarters to create more privacy;
  • uses hand signs while with friends and practices them at home;

or there is evidence or the appearance of:

  • physical injury (such as being beaten) and then child lies about the events surrounding the injury;
  • peculiar drawings or language on school books (may appear later as tattoos or brands);
  • unexplained cash or goods, i.e., clothing and jewelry; or
  • possible use of alcohol and drugs with attitude change.

Advise Your Children They Should Not:

  • associate with gang members or "wannabe/gonnable" gang members;
  • identify or communicate with gangs;
  • hang out near or where gangs congregate;
  • approach strangers in cars who appear to want information or directions;
  • wear gang-related clothing where gangs are known to gather or traverse;
  • wear initialed clothing such as BK - British Knights - a/k/a "Blood Killer" in high crime areas;
  • use words like "Crab" or "Slob" (localized lingo may develop) anywhere gangs may be; i.e., malls, sporting events, etc;
  • attend any party or social event sponsored by gangs or their associates;
  • take part in any graffiti activity or hang around where graffiti is present; or
  • use any kind of finer or sign language in a public place.

Keeping gangs out of Independence is not just a police effort but a community effort. Give us a call (816) 325-7322.