In organized gangs, stealing, substance addiction and disputes that end in fighting are three of the most common types of antisocial behavior. Organized gangs typically search for criminal means to support themselves by earning profits. Since they own illicit guns, they choose to steal and engage in crimes such as property theft and armed robbery. The cartels have an organized labor section within which they produce income. In addition, misuse of narcotics and chemicals is very common among gang members (Soordhas, 2009). Sometimes, groups hold spontaneous and unplanned gatherings that invade the streets by participating in unlicensed drinking. Continuous drug abuse among youth gangs will lead to absenteeism from school and subsequent declining grades. Sometimes it leads to health related issues such as accidental injuries, physical disabilities and the dangers of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV through engaging in unprotected sex. Conflicts are also common among gangs, which in most cases results in fights. Members use violence to ensure there is obedience to the code of conduct of the gangs and to prevent other members from leaving the gang (Weinrath, Donatelli, & Murchison, 2016).
The first proactive solution is to know the motivations of joining organized gangs and then educating the young people on the dangers of joining such groups through educational programs. Secondly, engaging youths on constructive programs such as youth sports and business skills training programs is another proactive solution. In addition strengthening families is another proactive solution to organized gangs. It will increase parent supervising their children after school who will also provide interpersonal skills training to them. Such parental training will help the youths in reducing conflicts amongst themselves (Weinrath, Donatelli, & Murchison, 2016).
Soordhas, J. T. (2009). Gangs: Violence, Crime and Antigang Initiatives. Nova Science.
Weinrath, M., Donatelli, G., & Murchison, M. J. (2016). Mentorship: A Missing Piece to Manage Juvenile Intensive Supervision Programs and Youth Gangs? Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice, 58(3), 291-321.