Gangs and gang crime

Behaviours

The behaviour of young people can change when they become involved with a gang.

Behaviour at home

At home, behaviour changes can mean:

  • withdrawing from family
  • secretive behaviour
  • blocking family from social media
  • aggression
  • unexplained injuries
  • being late for curfew
  • absconding from home
  • breaking family rules
  • pushing family boundaries
  • new friends that you don't know
  • expensive items of clothing, footwear, electrical goods, jewellery, watches
  • increased amounts of cash
  • unaccounted for money in their bank

Behaviour at school

At school, behaviour changes can mean:

  • withdrawing from school
  • loss of interest
  • no longer attending school clubs
  • a breakdown of friendships
  • aggression
  • unexplained injuries
  • breaking school rules
  • pushing boundaries
  • lack of respect
  • truanting or long term absences
  • expensive items of clothing, footwear, electrical goods, jewellery, watches
  • being dropped off at school in unknown cars or taxis
  • being approached outside of school by unknown people

Behaviour with professionals who work with young people

Around professionals, behaviour changes can mean:

  • secretive behaviour
  • not being open
  • a change in your professional relationship
  • being withdrawn
  • aggression
  • unexplained injuries
  • not attending meetings or appointments
  • concerns being raised by parents, carers, teachers, social workers, youth workers
  • being taken to appointments by unknown people
  • arriving in taxis or unknown cars
  • new mobile phones and not providing the number
  • receiving calls throughout their sessions and wanting to leave quickly
  • a careless, reckless attitude
  • carrying weapons or things that can be used as weapons
  • expensive items of clothing, footwear, electrical goods, jewellery, watches
  • change in friends
  • association with other gang members
  • tattoos