Gang Involvement Warning Signs

Be on the lookout for signs that your child may be involved in a gang:

  • abrupt changes in your child's selection of friends
  • changing pattern in dress such as wearing the same color combination all the time
  • gang symbols on books or clothing
  • secretiveness about activities
  • possessing unexplained, relatively large sums of money
  • sudden changes in behavior, including a diminishing interest in the family and school and staying out without good reason
  • problems with the police

If you notice these patterns, get help. Contact the school counselor or the gang crimes unit of your police department. They may be able to help you find counseling and tell you how to help your child.