News 1130 Radio – November 3 2014 – Between 2006 and March 2014 there were 160 gang-related homicides in BC

Parents encouraged to talk with kids about dangers of gangs
Between 2006 and March 2014 there were 160 gang-related homicides in BC

November 3, 2014

By Shannon Brennan – News 1130

Vancouver (NEWS1130) – Educating the community, kids and families is an important first step when it comes to gang prevention, according to the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit.

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton with the unit says gangs are an every day reality for people living in the province and while the campaign is working, more needs to be done.

“The message is starting to affect change, there are certain communities that are talking more about gangs and crime related issues than ever before,” he explains. “It exists in every single community in British Columbia to some degree or another whether it’s gang members riding motorbikes down their street, gang-related violence affecting neighbourhood or families or people reading about what is happening in a community near them.”

Houghton adds teens are drawn to gangs for the money, power and prestige. “The main message that we want to give to parents aside from becoming educated is to have open communication with your children, that is extremely important”

Crime educator Ranj Dhaliwal says teens as young as 13 need to get the message. “What I like to tell these kids is that there is a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes that doesn’t get reported. There is kidnapping, torture that goes on, there [are] a lot of drug rips that are going on and we need to educate these kids at a young age.”

Between 2006 and March 2014 there were 160 gang-related homicides in BC.

Crime Prevention Week runs November 1st to November 7th.