Concerns about gang resurgence

MANY readers have raised concerns to this newspaper about the perceived rise of gang activity among youths in our region.

From as far south as Nambucca Heads, there has been suggestions groups of teenagers calling themselves ‘bloods’ and ‘crips’– the names of infamous LA Gangs of the eighties and nineties – are growing in number.

Police do not seem too concerned by the reports but worried parents are if our letters and SMS exchanges are any social yardstick.

Observational reports are the youths are around 15 years of age and generally the ‘trouble’ they are getting into doesn’t extend much beyond graffiti but anonymous letter writers have suggested it could be the start of something.

This all just adds further weight to the growing expectation of parents to remain vigilant about their kids’ where-abouts after dark.

Group activity, aka gang activity, can run out of control as has been evidenced so many times.

If you have any further evidence of gang identity culture in your area, contact this newspaper with your concerns.

editorial@coffscoastadvocate.com.au



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