Know who's in your neighborhood
These gangs are some of the most common in our state. The indicators may vary somewhat in different regions, as there are local gang "sets" or groups.
A California-origin street gang. Rivals with Bloods. Blue bandanas and clothing Six-point star and Pitchforks pointing up May wear orange and blue (Hoover Criminals) May replace "ck" in words with "cc." Graffiti includes "BK" for "Blood Killer."
A California-origin street gang. Rivals with Crips and Black Gangster Disciples. Red Bandanas and clothing Boston Red Sox hats (for the letter B) Five-point stars, pitchforks pointing down May cross out the letter "C" in writing Graffiti includes "CK" for "Crip Killer."
A Chicago-origin street gang. Rivals with Crips. Yellow or black bandanas or clothing. Five-point star & pitchforks pointing down Number 360, 5-pointed crowns Graffiti or drawings with "LK" or crowns.
Black Gangster Disciples
A Chicago-origin street gang. Rivals with Bloods. Black and blue clothing, white/black bandanas Six-point stars and pitchforks pointing up Numbers 74 and 274 (GD and BGD) Graffiti and pictures include "GD" or "BGD."
A Chicago-origin street gang. Rivals with Crips and Black Gangster Disciples. Black or red bandanas and clothing Number 5 and 5-point star Pitchforks pointed down Graffiti or drawings with "VL" and "VLN."
A California-origin street gang associated with the Mexican Mafia prison gang. Rivals with Norteños. Blue bandanas and blue clothing. Letters "S" and "M" or "eme." Number 13 (for "M" - may be X3 or XIII). May reverse the letter "N" in writing.
A California-origin street gang associated with the Nuestra Familia prison gang. Rivals with Sureños, 18th Street, Florencia. Red bandanas and red clothing. Letters "N" or "ene" and number 14. Huelga bird and UNLV teamwear. May cross out the letter "S" in writing.
A California-origin street gang associated with the Sureños. Rivals with Norteños. Blue bandanas and clothing. Number 13, and letter "F."
A California-origin street gang associated with the Sureños. Rivals are Norteños and Florencia. Black, grey, or blue bandanas/clothing. Number 18 (may be XVIII or X8).
Other Gangs and Gang-Like Groups
Some youth may join gang-like groups that differ from "traditional" street gangs. These groups usually reject the label "gang" but may engage in criminal, violent, and anti-social activity. Examples include:
Insane Clown Posse / Juggalos
Skinhead and neo-Nazi groups