Gangs have direct effects on a community, such as increased levels of crime, violence and murder. Gangs also have long-term or delayed implications in that gang members are more likely to drop out of school, struggle with unemployment, abuse drugs and alcohol or wind up in jail. These factors not only harm the gang members, but they force taxpayers to contribute to welfare and community-assistance programs.Continue Reading
Common motives for youth to join gangs include finding a place to belong and sharing in mutual desires for safety from family problems or life challenges. Collectively, the feelings and attitudes among gang members compel them to act violently, often conflicting with rival gangs. This violence leads to injury and death of not only members but also of bystanders in the community. High gang activity also causes fear among community members, deters business activity and impedes home-value appreciation. Communities also have to pay for higher levels of law enforcement when gangs are prominent.
Drug abuse, teen pregnancy, incarceration and unemployment all bring costs to communities. Populations of able-bodied, educated workers are diminished due to negative results of gangs. Drugs and teen pregnancy put pressure on communities to offer medical facilities and rehab programs. Jails are also costly to build, maintain and operate.Learn more about Crime
Stealing from businesses and homes negatively affects society on many social and economic levels. Businesses raise prices and increase security. Taxes may increase for everyone. There is an added burden on police and courts, and people become distrustful, fearful and isolated as local crime levels rise.Full Answer >
Some local Detroit gangs include the Errol Flynns, the Dexter Boys and the 7-Mile Boys, as of 2015. One of the most organized gangs to come out of Detroit was the Young Boys Inc.Full Answer >
The Bloods gang does not have a specific founder, but the Pirus gang teamed up with other street gangs to form a new group to resist the influence of the Crips. The Pirus gang, also known as the Piru Street Family, was originally a subgroup of the Crips, but it became its own group after an internal gang war in the 1970s.Full Answer >
Gangs use hand signs to identify their memberships and to antagonize other gangs. The Greater Salt Lake Metro Gang Unit refers to this behavior as throwing signs or flashing signs. Sometimes a member identifies a rival member by throwing the rival's sign, then throws his own sign as a challenge.Full Answer >