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You can see these sign as tattoo's and On Cars, Even spray painted.
Please call on any graffiti
GANGS 720* 407*
Figure 1 The pachuco cross is the simplest gang tattoo, and one of the most pervasive. It consists of a small cross with three lines or dots above it.
Figure 2 Three dots representing, "mi vida loca," or "my crazy life," and is commonly tattooed on the hands or face.
If you feel you see gang activity with any of these symbols in our neighborhood please call
Gang Crime line 407) 348 1175
- Their colors are red, white, and blue. There is also evidence that black is sometimes substituted for blue.
- Members usually wear beads in these colors, but also will wear clothing such as bandannas, handkerchiefs sticking out of their pockets, white tops, black shorts, etc., in these colors.
- Probationary members wear all white beads until they are considered loyal; then, they can wear black beads among the white, plus one red one.
- Members usually display the Puerto Rican flag and are known to carry Neta identification cards.
- The Neta emblem is a heart pierced by two crossing Puerto Rican flags with a shackled right hand with the middle and index fingers crossed.
- Members salute each other by holding the crossed fingers of their right hand over their heart. This hand signal has the meaning "N" in sign language; it also means togetherness and unity.
- Latin Kings
- Los Solidos
Neta members are secretive and will not freely admit membership. This group is much more challenging to identify and validate than other gangs.
Propensity for Disruptive Behavior:
Signs and Symbols
important part of the gang culture. They are used to identify particular
gang or to intimidate and disrespect rival gangs. These symbols may be
seen in many forms. Some are known universally, such as a heart,
pyramid, walking cane or a five or six pointed star. These symbols have
become nationally known to represent certain gangs. Other symbols have
been created or drawn and have also become well known. In addition to
appearing in tattoos, some may be found in graffiti.
Gang Jewelry: Also called "bling" in hip-hop parlance, this type of jewelry is also worn by non-gang members as well. The jewelry can be either very expensive 14k gold, replete with diamonds and customed designed, or can be 10k, tinny and potato chip thin. Some of which can be purchased for as little as $2-$3 each, making it affordable to elementary school age children. Examples are heavy gold rope chains, earrings and other large rings. May be expensive or cheap, but the gaudy type is preferred.
Gangs use hand signs as a means of communication, to identify themselves as a member of a particular gang and to disrespect (dis) rival gang members. Many gangs have created hand signs to represent each letter of the alphabet and other signs to represent a word or phrase. Most members become high proficient in the "art" and can communicate with others without speaking. Displaying these hand signs is known as "throwing" or "flashing" the signs.
Wearing particular styles, types and colors of clothing, jewelry, shoes and other items does not mean you are a gang member. It may be a factor in identifying a gang member.
Sometimes youth with no gang affiliation have become targets or victims because they were wearing the wrong colors or clothes. Some gangs are starting to change their clothing styles and no longer wearing their colors in an effort to deceive law enforcement and conceal their gang affiliation. Certain sports apparel or team wear hold special meaning for different gangs.
many gang members wear certain types of clothing, one must be very
careful in assuming that a young person is a "gang banger" simply
because they are wearing a Colorado Rockies or Los Angeles Raiders cap
or jacket. Much other criteria is required. Some gang members have said
that they joined up because it was trendy and cool while others are
intimidated into joining for protection. Other kids who exhibit gang
style are, in fact, only "being cool" by dressing the part.
The uniform of Hispanic gangs is standard and easily recognizable. Most gang members adopt a basic style that includes white t-shirts, thin belts, baggy pants with split cuffs, a black or blue knit cap (beanie) or a bandana tied around the forehead similar to a sweat band.
Black gang members are individualistic in their dress. Black gangs tend to identify themselves by adopting certain colors. The "Crips" identify themselves with the colors of blue or black or a combination of the two. "Blood" gangs generally use red accessories, such as caps or bandanas, to identify themselves.
While clothing alone cannot positively determine membership in a street gang, color and style serve to identify each gang. Green can either mean the gang member is declaring neutrality for the moment or is a drug dealer. Black is worn by some Hispanic gangs and Heavy Metal Anglo gangs. Other common gang colors include brown or purple.
Note: Some gangs are starting to change their clothing style by no longer wearing their colors in an effort to deceive law enforcement and conceal their gang affiliation.
Gang clothing styles can be easily detected because of the specific way gang members wear their clothing. Examples are preferences for wearing baggy or "sagging" pants or having baseball caps turned at an angle. Gang members often prefer particular brands of shoes, pants or shirts. For example, some gangs like to wear plaid shirts in either blue, brown, black or red. These shirts are worn loosely and untucked. Gang graffiti, symbols, messages or gang names can be written or embroidered on jackets, pants and baseball caps. Other identifying items include belt buckles with the gangs initials, key chains, starter jackets (team jackets), and red or blue bandannas commonly called "rags".
Excessive amounts of dark clothing or a predominance of one-color outfits, white t-shirts and levis with upturned cuffs are also indicators of possible gang involvement.
These can include shaven-down baseball bats, sections of pipe taped at the ends, spiked wrist bands, mace, knives, or semi-automatic firearms such as an "Uzi", "AK-47", or "MAC 10."
The following is a breakdown of ways gangs interpret clothing labels, college names and sport teams
FLIGHT - F (forever) L (living) I (in) G (gangster) H (hoover) T (town)
K-SWISS - K (kill) S (slobs) W (when) I (i) S (see) S (slobs)
FUBU - F (fuck) U (u) B (blood) U (up)
NIKE - N (niggas) I (insane) K (killing) E (everybody)
ADIDAS - A (all) D (day) I (i) D (disrespect) A (all) S (slobs)
CALVIN KLEIN - C (crip or crab) K (killers)
MECCA - M (murdering) E (every) C (crip) C (child) A (alive)
POLO by Ralph Lauren - P (property) O (of) L (locs) O (only)
REEBOK - R (respect) E (each) E (every) B (blood) O (O) K (k)
DUKE - stands for "Disciples Using Knowledge Everyday"
NORTH CAROLINA COLLEGE - NC stands for "Neighborhood Crips"
HOYAS - stands for "Hoovers On Your Ass Slobs"
COLORADO ROCKIES - CR stands for "Crips Rule"
SAINTS - stands for "Slobs AINT Shit"
ORLANDO MAGIC - "Magic stands for "Maniacs And Gangsters In Chicago"
LOS ANGELES RAIDERS - RAIDERS stand for "Ruthless Ass Insane Disciples Everywhere
DALLAS COWBOYS - COWBOYS stand for "Crips Out West Bangin On You Slobs"
Gang Crime line 407) 348 1175