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Warning Signs


Why Do Young People Join Gangs?

While there are a number of risk factors that contribute to gang involvement ranging from adolescent rebelliousness to community disorganization, there are also common reasons most young people say they join: 

- Lack of parental involvement

- Seeking a sense of family structure, belonging, and discipline provided by the gang

- Respect and recognition

- Companionship

- Lack of positive role models

- Family history of gang involvement

- Peer pressure/coercion

- Protection or revenge

- Pride for neighborhood

- Opportunities to make money

- Access to drugs, alcohol, weapons, sex

Warning Signs That Someone May Be Involved In A Gang

- Graffiti or tattoos depicting numbers, initials, street names, geographic areas, stars, pitchforks, three dots, or crowns

- Wearing clothing of all one color

- Wearing or possessing bandannas

- Using an unfamiliar nickname

- Signs of drug/alcohol use

- Signs of physical abuse

- Truancy and/or poor grades at school

- Discipline problems at home and/or school

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Want to contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office Gang Unit call our Non-Emergency phone number at 239-774-4434 or email us at