How Do I?

Gang Awareness

What is a Gang?

A gang is a group whose activities are either criminal or, at the very least, threatening to the community. Gang members rarely acknowledge their own roles as contributing to the problems in that community. The main source of income for most gangs is street drugs; using violence to control the drug trade.  Members of all ages are used by the gang in the illegal sale of narcotics and other unlawful activities.

What can be done to stop or control gangs?

The more aware the community is, the better prepared it is to deal with gang problems. The Abbotsford Police Department holds forums for our community and gang awareness presentations in our schools.  These forums will help you learn how to recognize gang behavior in your children, how to cope, and how to fight back.

The best defense against gangs begins in the home. Build strong family ties; accompany your kids to after school activities, participate in parent-teacher interviews, monitor homework and projects and encourage youth to participate in school activities.  Parents should be aware of where your kids are, who they are with and what they are doing.

By directing your children into constructive activities and by knowing their friends, parents can help protect their children and their communities.

Finally, don't take unnecessary risks with gangs, but don't be intimidated either. You are not alone. If you need advice or want to get together with your neighbors to team up against gangs, call your local Police Department; or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-800-222-8477 to anonymously report gang crime activity.

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