A gang is an organized group who plan and carry out crime for profit, often using violence. Gangs may have a name, symbols, colours, signs, graffiti, clothing brands and tattoos. Gangs often claim a certain area for their criminal activities and violence.
Youth may join youth gangs for excitement or because they are looking for prestige, protection, money or a sense of belonging.
Visit Youth Gangs in Canada (Public Safety Canada) for more information about gang violence.