Tips from the Vance County Parenting Task Force

Recognizing common gang identifiers
Jan. 18, 2014 @ 10:06 AM

Sagging pants, T-shirts with prison scenes or slogans, two or three-toned bead necklaces, sports clothing of specific teams, colored fabric belts and initialed metal buckles are all potential indicators of a gang affiliation.

Gang clothing tends to change and be different from one place to another.

Other clues include colors; symbols like stars, crowns, pitchforks and numbers; sports items; graffiti items such as spray paint and wide-tip markers; tattoos; hand signs; and gang-influenced music and movies.


Tips provided by the National Youth Gang Center,