Neighbourhoods Take Gangs Trinidad
Some interesting yet frieghtening statistics have been published today in the Trinidad Express Newspaper quoting a UN report about gangs in Trinidad:
An excerpt of the draft 2011 UNDP report which examines the nature and distribution of local gangs, obtained by the Sunday Express, pointed to evidence of some 95 gangs operating in Trinidad and Tobago
, with a total membership of 1,269.
"¢ 83 per cent of gang members are of African origin, 13 per cent East Indian and four per cent of other ethnic backgrounds.
All of the identified gangs are male-dominated and a high 87 per cent are comprised of adults.
"¢ The majority of gangs, 86 per cent, have a group name
, while 61 per cent refer to themselves as a gang, 26 per cent as a crew and 4.2 as a clip or unit.
"¢ A large proportion, 88 per cent, claim turf while 75 per cent defend their turf.
"¢ The vast majority, 85 per cent, do not have special symbols or identifying clothing; and almost without exception, illegal activity is accepted by all gang members.
"¢ Two-thirds of the gangs have from six to 50 members
, while 95 per cent are made up of Trinidad and Tobago citizens.
"¢ The spatial distribution of crime in Trinidad and Tobago bears a striking similarity to the spatial distribution of gangs.
The majority of gang members were found to be young adults between the ages of 18 and 45.
Police data also show that gang members commit violent offences at three times the rate of people who are not in gangs. Ref. Source 1