Gangs of Harrisonburg

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

"That could be the number of the gang. It's something to specify who was here," said Capt. Wes Jordan as he pointed to markings on a brick wall. "This represents a type of group. May be from another area, besides the tagging, you'll see the X's where another group came through and marked out their tag saying this is our turf, not yours."

Captain Wes Jordan is just one local official boning up on gang signs and symbols in an effort to curb what's happening right here in your back yard.

"We're trying to become proactive to where it doesn't become an epidemic causing damages to business owners and residents," said Jordan.

He says he's not surprised by the alleged gang murder in Augusta County and adds it was only a matter of time. "We've got just the first signs of what's about to come."

He's hoping 'what's about to come' won't get that extreme in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Right now an expert is analyzing these so called 'taggings'. A class will be taught to local officers about what it means and the extent of gang activity they're dealing with.

In the mean time, you can help.

"Be vigilant. Notify police. Be observant of vehicles, folks walking together. That's intelligence we can use to try to keep this under control."

Some local inmates have been interviewed to see if they had connections to gangs. So far, a few gang members have been found, but were from other areas.

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