Gang Awareness
Parent reference Guide
The following is a quick reference guide for parents to provide clues and common
warning signs that their child might be involved in a gang. The information is
not all-encompassing but provides many of the most predominant clues.
Parents need to be alert and involved in their child’s daily activities. They also
need to look for multiple signs indicating possible gang involvement. Indicators taken alone, such as
clothes or musical preferences, are common youth trends and do not indicate gang involvement. Learn
the basics about your local gang culture and seek help early on. Consider contacting school personnel,
local law enforcement, faith leaders and community organizations for additional assistance.
Warning signs that your child may be involved in a gang
For emergencies, call 911
Admits to “hanging out” with kids in gangs, but denies membership
Shows a new or unusual interest in one or two particular colors but strongly dislikes another
Purchases or wears a speci c color of clothing or must wear a speci c logo
Has new or unusual interest in gangster-in uenced music, videos, movies or web sites
Use of unusual hand signals to communicate with friends
Displays speci c artwork or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls or tattoos
Has unexplainable physical injuries that could be linked with ght related bruising or injured
hands and knuckles
Carries unexplained cash and has new clothing, jewelry or high-end electronics
Possesses a weapon
Will not let parent view their internet social site or cell phone (MySpace/FaceBook)
In trouble at school or is contacted by law enforcement
Begins exhibiting negative behaviors like:
Withdrawing from family members and activities
Declining school performance and attendance
Consistently disobeys rules
Breaks curfew and stays out late
Becomes secretive and non-communicative
Exhibits signs of drug or alcohol use
Adopts gang style slang language
Know who your child hangs out with
Utilize after-school programs and
Engage with your child and be part of
their daily life
(360) 473-5231
1025 Burwell Street
Community Resource Unit
Bremerton Police Department
Bremerton, WA 98337