Graffiti, heavy crime trends and shoes over cable lines are all telltale signs Sgt. Michael McDaniel says are evident in areas where gang activity lives. McDaniel says in children, the signs are not as obvious.
He explains, "if they're hanging around a different kind of crowd. If they all of a sudden see a drop in their attendance in school or even their attitude towards school work in general. If they're wearing certain types of clothes -- certain colors of clothing. If they're listening to certain types of music by certain artists."
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service reports that youth involved in gangs are 60 times more likely to be killed than the general population. The sheriff's office posted this statistic on its Facebook page in an effort to fight the trend. One residents say it's long overdue
"They should've been doing this. Then it probably wouldn't have went to this level," adds Derex Dunn, an Augusta resident.
Dunn says it's a different time than when he raised his three kids. And much like the talking points from the sheriff's office, he believes part of the solution will come from the parents.
He tells News Channel 6's Tyrone McCoy that parents should "keep up with your kids, make sure you know what they're doing, sit down and talk to them. Communication is number one. It's key."
A key to keeping the youth of Augusta-Richmond County unharmed and thriving in the community; what Sgt. McDaniel says is the primary goal of the post.
McDaniel says, "we're gonna educate teenagers, we're gonna educate the public, we're gonna educate the parents and bring them up to date."
To view the complete post with tips and suggestions, visit the Richmond County Sheriff's Office's page at https://www.facebook.com/#!/RichmondCountySheriffsOfficeGeorgia
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