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Graffiti

Each gang will use it's own signs and symbols.  Graffiti is more than just "scribbles on the walls".  Gang graffiti is a form of communication between gangs which announces their presence, marks their territory, and sends messages to other gangs and members.

Graffiti that is upside down or crossed out is generally a put down to a rival gang or person.  A particular gang members name that is crossed out or upside down could also mean that a threat of bodily harm or death is going to happen to that person.


The most important thing to do when finding gang graffiti is:

READ IT, RECORD IT, REPORT IT and REMOVE IT!

Read it:  Gang graffiti can be very dangerous and a threat to many.

Record it:  Graffiti should be photographed.

Report it:  Graffiti should be reported to your local police department.

Remove it:  Graffiti should be removed immediately after it is discovered.