New Counting Method Shows 13,700 Gang Members In North Carolina

North Carolina is getting a fuller picture of gang activity by relying more on hard data from police and prison officials.

The Governor's Crime Commission gave its annual gang report to a legislative panel on Thursday. It shows there are nearly 13,700 confirmed gang members and their associates, compared to 10,050 in last year's report.

Commission analyst Dick Hayes said this year's numbers are based for the first time on a gang intelligence database used by law enforcement agencies. Gang members in prison also are being counted.

The commission's gang counts used to rely on inexact police surveys.

The report says there are 898 gangs in the state. The database says the overwhelming majority of gang members or associates are male and are identified as black or Hispanic.

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  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 26, 2010 at 08:42 AM
    To Greg, that's one of a few reasons why I left Greenville after my ECU days. At least there are not any gang members down in Dare County, cause if it was it would not last long. As far as Greenville getting bad, Rocky Mount, Durham, Goldsboro, Fayetteville, and Winston-Salem are much worse. Dave, you are more of a hypocrite than some of these people, so I would not even say anything. You bash ECU but yet when someone bashes a thing you like, you get all offended about it. That justifies the hypocrite that you are.
  • by Jim Location: Beaufort on Mar 26, 2010 at 01:28 AM
    New counting method???? What happened to 1 - 2 - 3 - 4??? Oh well, I guess it's the new administration. Bush used to count that way.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 09:52 PM
    Burglaries started occurring and the complex started changing. We reported spray painted insignia on our apartment complex walls for several years-even called police when the kids were painting it. They would always arrive an hour or so later. About the third year, we started noticing people loitering in the parking lot. An officer came out to take pictures of the wall. The landlord said everything was fine. Of course it was. More burglaries took place. What the police told us about the growing number of crimes was enough to make us pack it up and move. I have lived in Chicago, Detroit, Miami, and LA. The law enforcement units were on point-experience, I guess. The way things are going here, I think we'll be safer in a bigger city. Until then, we'll keep the Glocks handy.
  • by cw Location: greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    good one Obama Snake Oil! I agree!
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Mar 25, 2010 at 07:14 PM
    Gee, we're just figuring this out? Greenville, Roanoke Rapids, Wilson, Williamston, New Bern, Goldsboro probably other towns have a serious gang problem. Now the we've figured it out what are we going to do about it?!?! Time to nip it now and not worry about whose feelings we hurt.
  • by lisa Location: greenville on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    Dont judge people because your are not god, you dont know what cause children to join gang sit down and take inventory of your life you might had it good you might not. Some children feel like if they dont have that stable home which is mother father guidance they don't have jack. some feel like they are not like and they always being pick on. some can have the best family relationship and still under peer pressure by joing clicks,gangs because their friend is in it.Iam not taking up for them but pray for them that whatever it is god will redirect their thinking. Yes some of them do terrible things but think about what your child might do some children don't tell their parents everything. If you had children what if one day your child did something would you like someone to down your child. I have 3 but they not in a gang never say what your child want do or will do. check yourself dont post stuff for attention.people can change those gangs can change could be a preacher one day
  • by Dave Location: Outside the box on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:17 PM
    Why must you Christian HYPOCRITES always throw your religion around on every topic?
  • by Scott on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:01 PM
    I wish they'd get rid of all these punks that are spray painting the bridges, road signs, and abandoned houses around here. Also, I think that they should make people that do community service buy the paint and paint over the graffiti that is on bridges and abandoned houses. That way there would be punishment for the misdemeanors and they'd cover the graffiti.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 25, 2010 at 05:28 PM
    A large part of this problem is caused by the breakdown of the traditional Christian family structure ie..strong father, nurturing mother. i
  • by Obama Snake Oil co Location: Washington on Mar 25, 2010 at 03:41 PM
    Hello boys and girls, can you say future voters for democratic candidates?
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