Gang-related killings entail the murder events whereby gangs are involved, either the perpetrator or the victim. Many places use the broader gang-related classification in defining gang-related crime, while only a few regions use motive-related definitions while investigating gang-related homicides. Measuring crime has become challenging due to a lack of appropriate definitions. For a long time, law enforcement agencies have been dealing with gangs based on society’s stereotypes, such as the kinds of lifestyles depicted by language and colors. However, most gang members have noted this and responded by changing their tactics as a result. New modes of training and communication have emerged, making law enforcement agencies hard to identify gangs and thus make investigations ineffective.
Drawing from the FBI report, crime rates continue to rise despite the efforts being made by the law enforcement agencies. In Los Angeles, gang-related crime has significantly grown, especially starting from the year 2006. More than half of the police agencies’ reports show an increase in gang related criminal activities. LA has recorded a 45% crime increase in robbery, a 39% increase in larceny, and 30 increase in auto-theft (FBI, 2020). Crime continues to increase because the law enforcement agencies are using ineffective mechanisms, thus not matching critical tactics.
Crime can be measured on campus by recording the number of offenses and dividing it by the population. This will give a percentage of the crime rate within a particular given time, compared to other periods. For a city, the same technique can be used or the crime victimization survey. This can be conducted by conducting a telephone sampling survey to ascertain the number of victims, particularly in reference to seven listed crimes.