Gangs and the CommunityAlthough their presence may go unnoticed, criminal street gangs exist in many communities within rural areas and urban cities. They can be territorial or profit motivated, committing both violent and non-violent crimes that can negatively affect a community's overall quality of life.
As with all crime related issues in a community, residents should be aware of and report crime and suspicious activity to law enforcement officials. Community involvement is as important as policing in the effort to prevent, control and stop crime.
Things a Community Can Do to Address Gang Activity
Educate yourself on gangs, know the warning signs and indicators.
- Report graffiti on your property or on public property to the city or the county.
- Report crime or suspicious activity to law enforcement and be as specific as possible with the information you provide.
- Be active in your community and attend meetings to get updates on crime in and around your neighborhood
- Get to know your neighbors. Organize citizens on patrol or neighborhood watch groups, phone or email trees to alert neighbors about recent incidents. Utilize your community newsletter or website to post reports on activity.
Want to contact the Collier County Sheriff's Office Gang Unit? Call our Non-Emergency phone number at 239-252-9300 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org