The old black and white show of “Our Gang” is nothing like the gangs of today. It isn’t a club for kids where innocent shenanigans happen. It is serious business where kids lose their lives, or kill others, commit crimes, and go to jail. Gangs are no longer relegated to the urban back streets of Los Angeles. They are now everywhere, even in Sunnyvale.
How do you know if a gang is in your neighborhood? Indications of gang activity include kids wearing certain colors or clothing items. Another is graffiti or “tagging”. According to Sunnyvale city officials, here are things to watch for:
Two main gang colors, numbers, and apparel that have appeared in Sunnyvale:
–Surenos (Southern Calif): blue, “13”, “S”
–Nortenos (Northern Calif): red, “14”, “408
–Baseball caps, beanies, headbands or bandannas. The color is most important, or first letter of the insignia (“S” or “N”)
–Hooded sweatshirts either plaid or solid colors, and baggy T-shirts with gang colors
–Army-surplus-style web belts –“S” or “N” on buckle.
–Baggie pants often with gang-colored stitching (not always obvious)
If you see signs of gang activity in your neighborhood, you are urged to call Sunnyvale police. To keep your children safe, one thing you as a parent can do– make sure your child refrains from wearing gang colors, or jokingly inscribes gang numbers, or tags on clothes, books, backpacks, or other personal items.
If you see graffiti anywhere in Sunnyvale, report it immediately. Also, remove it immediately from your personal residence if you get tagged. Removal of graffiti within 48 hours results in almost a zero rate of reoccurrence, according to city public safety officials.
Graffiti Hotline: (408) 730-7680