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Gangs recruiting children, police warn ... signs to look out for

Published:Monday | November 21, 2016 | 8:17 AM

The Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) is urging parents and guardians to be on the lookout for persons who are seeking to recruit their children to join gangs.

C-TOC is stressing that it is an offence for any person to recruit a child or adult to a criminal organisation.

The police unit is urging the public and in particular, caregivers and school administrators, to be on their guard for signs which may indicate that a child is being recruited into a criminal organisation.

C-TOC says signs to look out for include: children associating with known gang members; having large sums of money or expensive items that cannot be explained; having gang graffiti in bedroom or on books or clothing; and secretive or abrupt changes in behaviour.

C-TOC is urging parents and guardians to immediately make a report once they suspect their child is involved in a gang.