Gangs throughout North America have been known to commit acts of violent victimization, towards other gang members and civilians alike, as well as other forms of organized crime. This can and has led to violence throughout communities which can cause unease and fear to propagate through them. One way that people cope with the problem is to join another gang within or close to their community. One may do this is to seek a sense of safety within the gang, and so that they can help provide protection against any that may wish to harm them. Youth are especially susceptible to this as they are often influenced by their surroundings and can find themselves being inducted into these gangs.
Not only are gang members affected but also the person in society as well. This happens by when members of gangs decide to terrorise persons or murder someone the families are placed under a lot of stress. According to the Centre for Disease control, this stress can now lead to chronic diseases or mental health problems. (Dalmas K, 2014). Impact on Businesses Gang activities have affected
As claimed by Gardner (1992, p. 83) “Gangs came into existence and flourish because the needs of the young people in a neighbourhood or culture or family are not being met. The Gang, in essence, fills the void.” In today’s society there are a variety of different types of gangs which have affected the society on different ways. Street gangs, according to Klein (as cited in Carlie, 2002) are a “semi structured groups of adolescents and young adults who engage in felonious and criminal behavior.” This kind of Gang is very popular in the United States and is responsible for illegal selling of drugs and also turf wars which have heightened murder rates in many cities and communities. Many have pondered why individuals join street gangs and participate
Researchers believe the numbers are rising due individuals who are looking for a thrill, belonging, and protection. While gang membership is thought to only affect the lower-class,
Throughout the 17th-century gangs have been causing havoc in people's life and destroying the society. The National Institute of Justice (2011) has defined a gang as "A group of collective members which create an atmosphere of intimidation among citizens." Many of these gangs are well organized, using different forms of violence to control neighbourhoods and to conduct their illegal activities. The National Gang Threat Assessment (2011) reports that “Gangs are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions.” Street Gangs have caused incidences of violence that is confined in the inner city of many countries. Most gangs are made up of young males that are of a similar background and have a desire of acquiring
The presence of gangs has a negative impact on city tourism, attractions, and population. Prevention programs should be in place to help keep young people from joining gangs as well as to help law enforcement control gang violence, which would attract more people to the cities. The National Gang Center published a bulletin that states gangs in the 18th century began because of immigration of large poor families to the United States. Due to the number
“Organized crime such as gang members often maximizes opportunities and fills voids associated with a community’s failure to provide adequate employment opportunities, sufficient retirement benefits, adequate information and assistance in providing and locating adequate housing and consumer goods, and sufficient funding to strengthen legitimate economic enterprises on which many community members depend for survival” (Lyman & Potter, 2011). The conclusion that can be drawn from the data is that the average gang member lived in a house which shows that they live in a community setting. The community could be low income, but that data was not established. Out of the 343 gang members 243 of them had never been arrested which was surprising (Walker, 2009). But, because the frequency had a high variety of value with the amount of time gang members lived at their current residents the conclusion was some showed stability while others seemed to move around within a few years.
They involve themselves in criminal activities such as vandalism, binge drinking, looting, homicide, theft, drugs and alcoholism, weapon trafficking, and kidnapping. Thus, gangs are a representation of cultural, economic and moral frontier of conflict and competition for scarce resources (National Gang Centre, 2015). Street gangs and crime can be explained through the use of different theories, including Chicago School,
Very few small cities or and rural areas have the necessary population base and extremely deprived community circumstances to support gangs. Any disorder that an existing gang feels, such as member arrests or drop outs is likely to strike at the foundations of its structure. Gangs in smaller areas are more likely to be started for social reasons in opposition
Youth gangs in North American culture is simply old news being portrayed as something new. Despite the fact that it is realized that adolescent violations are overrepresented in the media today, the subject of youth gang movements is a significant bind to our general public. In the course of the most recent couple of years, there has been an ethical frenzy made by steady presentation to the media which depicts a measure of youth wrongdoings and savagery. In Canada there are expansive urban communities with high extents of youngsters, a considerable lot of which live in poverty, that now have the issue of managing youth gangs and youth wrongdoings. A significant part of the consideration has concentrated on the viciousness and the selling of