A gang is a group of people who do things together. The word "gang" comes from the Old English gan, which means "to go". It is also related to Old Norse gangr "a group of men". The word gang is usually used to refer to a group of people who commit crimes together.
Criminal gangs [change]
There are several reasons why people join gangs. Lots of people who join gangs are young people. One reason that people join gangs is a chance to make money through doing things like selling illegal drugs or stealing. Another reason, especially for younger people, is a chance to have a place where they belong. A third reason is boredom.
Gang identification [change]
Gang members often use graffiti to tell other gangs that an area is part of their "territory" and that other gangs should stay away. Graffiti is also used to send other messages. Members of a gang often dress similarly or have the same tattoos.
- Douglas Harper. "gang". Online Etymology Dictionary. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=gang&searchmode=none.
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- [http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapd/pdf/awareness.pdf "San Antonio Police Department Youth Crime Service Unit "Gang Awareness""]. http://www.sanantonio.gov/sapd/pdf/awareness.pdf. Retrieved March 31, 2010.