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Gangs in Springfield a growing concern

April 01, 2013|Sheena Elzie | selzie@kspr.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Gangs and the crimes behind them have become a growing concern  in Springfield. Now area leaders trying to stop the problem before it gets worse.

Graffiti all over town is area leaders say is sending a bad message when it comes to gangs. That's what they're concerned about, gang activity.

Currently, there are anywhere between 600 to 700 gang members in the Springfield area. That's according to Gang Task Force member and Prevention Deputy Director Chris Davis. He says Springfield's Gang Task Force started tracking gang activity with police back in the '90's when gangs were coming in from big cities.
    

Now he says most of the gang members are local but still a problem. He says many of them are after drugs and have been connected to property crimes, street robbery, identity theft and trafficking. He says there is something you can do to help prevent the problem.

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"Get involved with your neighborhood, if there's a neighborhood program, a neighborhood watch things like that, get involved get to know your neighbors, the more we can make it aware the more we can remove that graffiti although most of the graffiti in town isn't gang related, it still gives that message that we're not as concerned about the community, so getting that removed reporting it are some simple things people can do to really show the community that gangs aren't welcome here," said Davis.

As a task force he says what they're trying to do is educate the community about the gang problem and also doing their part to get graffiti cleaned up.

The Gang Task Force is also bringing in the experts tonight to educate the community on gang activity in the city. That's happening from 6:30pm to 8pm at Central High School in Springfield.

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