Are There Gangs In Your Neighborhood? Check Patch's Gang Graffiti Map

Graffiti is the Satan's Disciples' handiwork. An interactive map of gang graffiti reported in Oak Lawn.

Are there gangs in your neighborhood? One sign of gang activity is the graffiti they leave behind on light poles, playground equipment, traffic signs, commercial buildings, fences and garage doors—all canvasses for Oak Lawn-area gangbangers.

Whether gang members are hanging out at the corner park or just passing through—the presence of gang graffiti is an indication that your neighborhood has been claimed or being eyed as gang turf.

READ: Gangbangers Leave Mark on Oak Lawn

Patch’s interactive map shows where gang graffiti has been found in the past year, documented in . What gangs are active in and around Oak Lawn? Some of the names we’ve come across in police reports are Satan’s Disciples, Latin Counts, Latin Kings, Ambrose (aka as Almighty Ambrose) and Gangster Two-Six.

Did you find a Playboy rabbit head logo spray-painted on your garage door? A Hef fan didn’t leave it—that’s a prominent symbol of Gangster Two-Six Nation, aka as GTS, G26 and TSN (“Two-Six Nation,” get it?). Chicago police describe G26 as one of the largest Mexican street gangs in Chicago, originating 30 years ago in Little Village along 26th Street. The gang has spread to other towns and counties. Sworn enemies of the Latin Kings, G26 includes large contingents of Hispanic and white members.

If you find gang graffiti on residential, commercial or illage-owned property, it’s important to get rid of it as fast as you can. Call the non-emergency number, 708-499-7721, to report incidents of gang graffiti, so police can track gang factions’ movements throughout the village.

Take a picture of the graffiti; you may need it for insurance purposes and also send the photo to Oak Lawn Patch editor Lorraine Swanson at lorraine.swanson@patch.com. Include the block or intersection where the graffiti was found and we’ll add it to the gallery of gang graffiti, so other residents can also know where gangs are in the village.

Patch has also emailed a list of questions about gang activity in Oak Lawn to OLPD. As soon as we get answers, we'll do a follow-up story.

We haven’t recorded all of the incidents of gang graffiti, but we’re going to be paying more attention from now on. We’ll update the map on Patch when new graffiti is reported.

We've also included incidents of tagging on the map. While usually not gang-related, taggers' defacement of private and public property is not only annoying and destructive, it costs taxpayers money to clean it off of government-owned property.

Reporting gang graffiti to police lets the gangbangers know that this is our neighborhood--not theirs!

Did we miss some gang graffiti? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the map.

anthony June 25, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Most of the time gang activity is generational... For suburban kids they attract those who feel a lack of power or those who no one stands up for... ALL teens want to belong to something
zula 5 June 25, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Its a fact the more minorities that move into oak lawn the more gangs you will have.
OakLawnGuy June 25, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Gangs have had a certain presence here at least since a certain faction was caught recruiting at Family Days about 20 years ago or so. The minority percentage in OL has experienced a miniscule change since then (check the latest census). Pretending they don't exist, and not trying to combat them, will eventually put OL into the same state that other towns such as Summit, which did little to combat gang presence and is now paying the price.
callingYouOut June 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
if You're a realtor & only care about profiting from sales of course you have no problem with any of this. People like that are blind to the fact that these people are destroying our community.
Jeremy D June 25, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Just north of beautiful Wolfe Wildlife center and construction to renew the playground at that park: *10801 S. Lawler - a sign of a deteriorating neighborhood and community. A rotting brown curtain drapes over one front window (although part is hanging down). the other broken out - then covered with a garish wooden plank, that plank now painted white (asif to make it invisible??) *A few houses away and on the opposite side of the street, a house in sad state bears a real estate sign and now an auction sign due to foreclosure. Previously this house had been surrounded by yellow crime site tabe, ringed by police cars and police with search dogs and an eviction noticed slapped on the front door, *Is this the inner city? Does anyone care? Ar there no laws to enforce property maintenance or fines to be levied when the city takes its responsibility and covers up the signs of decay. *Defend out property taxes in neighborhoods that deteriorate if you can! *Please take action .... this is a sad comment - and one that has continued longer than 2 years.
callingYouOut June 25, 2012 at 04:30 PM
RobertS why don't you leave then? Lockport Plainfield Joliet Shorweood Minooka await you. You can run but you can't hide.
anthony June 25, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Kids wont go for it unless the guys running it can present a positive non authoritarian non judgemental image... The smallest amount of double standards or hypocrisy turns them 4 life...
zula 5 June 25, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Im with you Roberts. The problem is our homes are worth crap and only a slim chance that anyone has the down payment. We are stuck here for awhile but im with you if i could get a fair price on my house it would be adios and move somewhere people speak english and no section 8 houseing.
zula 5 June 25, 2012 at 09:37 PM
The Police do a great job here and i disagree with Roberts on that.
anthony June 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM
yea i just got a hubcap stolen first time in 30 years i suspect inside a local parking lot
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 05:41 AM
There is very little...VERY little section eight housing in Oak Lawn, especially by percentage. Lots of REQUESTS for it, but nobody is going section eight in Oak Lawn because they don't need to if they have a rental. Rental market is high because, as you say, very few have the downpayment, or, even more likely, they do not have the credit scores to qualify for a loan. Robert, anybody can go on the county sites and find out who owns what proerty in any town, including Oak Lawn...Brokers are NOT buying up all the properties and putting section eight in them. It just isn't happening. If you want to move, move. Don't create falsehoods out of wholecloth, though...there is no need to stir up fear and racism with lies, just leave. The town will try to struggle by without you. Also, a 'priced right' house might very well leave the owners upside-down on their mortgage, causing a short sale, causing their credit to bottom out, meaning they will not be able to buy anything else anytime soon. Thus, zula5's saying they are stuck, even if they wanted to leave. By all means, though, you go on without us, RobertS, as callingYouOut, recommends. When you do, we can have a 'Gone away party.'
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 05:55 AM
You are right about the people that only care about making money. However, whether brokers like it or not, they have to adhere to the code of ethics AND, more importantly, the equal rights laws. It isn't just a slap on the wrist, it is huge fines and loss of license (= livelihood). I have clients that I get along with, but they are NOT people that I would ever want moving into Oak Lawn, going to school with my kid, etc. The color isn't the determining factor, it is the economic status. Does that play out along racial lines at times? Sure, with the reasons being, perhaps, a discussion for another thread. Ultimately, it just sucks that people of any 'stripe' feel this is something worthy of their time, and that they just don't care about their fellow human beings.
anthony June 26, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Off topic.....Lucky you got out before property taxes triple to pay for that mess that doomed Blago...(Read something today to the effect to pay for pensions just by property tax the rates would triple).. On topic The neighborhood thing is laughable they choose suburbs because there is less danger of being shot by a rival they like a safe community....Beyond that as crazy as it sounds many minorities see OL as some sort of Beverly Hills or a status place to be... no joke... The "going away party" is a concern to the bosses.. Who would be the wheat if the lower class left to lala land.... Something about piranhas in a shrinking pond.... Good luck god bless! Post how good you have it....Will serve as motivation to leave or get better
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 06:48 AM
RobertS 10:01 am on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 "This just sickens me... Our neighborhoods are changing so quickly and it's getting tougher to move, lets invite more Section 8 into the community, that'll fix it!" It is ABOVE^ here, on this thread. Look like a 'misquote' to anybody? Does any rational adult believe they do NOT know what RobertS was implying when he mentioned section eight? (The first time, not the next time where you, RobertS, just outright imply a lie that there is some en masse movement or cabal amongst Realtors to buy up properties and put in section eight voucher holders...there is not.) We Americans choose to be happy when you are gone. Thus the party...nno, you cannot come. Go drink beer in whatever mountain shack you think will keep you 'safe' from the 'bad' people out to get you. Anywhere else, sorry, you will not be alone enough. "They" will find you.
Lorraine Swanson (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 06:53 AM
I've lived in gang infested neighborhoods and while not perfect, OLPD does a good job keeping the lid on gangs in Oak Lawn.
RobertS June 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Dave W: I pulled/deleted all my comments on this thread, obviously this community means a lot to you and it could use more people like you, it's good to see. I was not trying to start an argument, I was merely expressing my point of view. 'nuf said.
OakLawnGuy June 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
You know where most gangs go? Where there is money to be spent on drugs. You know where the gang leaders live? Not on the drug battlegrounds. You know who wants to join a gang? Someone who has no connection elsewhere, someone who wants to take the easy but glamorously dangerous route to making money. (Ironically, few ever do - make any kind of big money that is.) Oak Lawn fits the initial criterium, so there is recruiting and "wanna-be" going on here and there has been for many years. The fact that this town doesn't have the gangster population that some surrounding suburbs do is a testament to the job OLPD does in trying to contain the activity.
callingYouOut June 26, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Robert S: no one can disagree with Dave W though without offending him. I respect your opinion. Obvuiouslty dave W never took a loss on any property overcome by minority gangs over hte years.
RobertS June 26, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Thank you... I have found since the inception of social media a new disorder—keyboard kahonas, its amazing how big they are when someone sits behind a keyboard, but rarely are they that big when face-to-face with an individual, and if they are, they are usually called a bully. I honestly love Oak Lawn, I was born here and have spent my life here, but just like our parents and our grandparents, I have decided it is time to relocate for a multitude of reasons, some personal, some political, some economic. I do want to emphasize one thing, it's not just people of color that are in gangs nowadays, it can be any race, any social class and we cannot/must not start racial stereotyping. There are many communities that are diverse and they are prospering, I honestly think for Oak Lawn it has been bad government that has gotten her in this position, and I honestly pray it will change. There are a lot of great people in this community and I wish them all well... Again, thank you.
anthony June 26, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Sir the idea those low level gangs bangers are somehow setting up some sort of shop is fear mongering .They are 15- 25 yos that do not have a bank account do not have a car While I admit the gang affilation gives them contacts They do not "hold" the drugs they go to some older smarter lol gang banger (oxymoron?)
OakLawnGuy June 26, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Well, that's not what I said, but to clarify - they are recruiting members, making drug sale contacts, claiming turf (which is the basis for graffiti). If that's setting up shop then that is exactly their goal. The point "mongers no fear", it's reality. True, they're young, they have no bank account, and if you think the young ones aren't holding you're mistaken: they hold precisely because they are minors and wouldn't face adult sentences if caught.
anthony June 26, 2012 at 05:51 PM
point taken
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Nobody in Oak Lawn is taking a loss over 'minority gangs' either, callingYouOut. Could you guys BE anymore disingenuous? I am not offended by you disagreeing with me, it is just intellectually faulty to do so without anything resembling remotely facts or logic. You only whine and complain about people that you have some agenda against for reasons known only to you. I will keep saying it...pick a place, public or private, and I will meet to discuss anything you want rationally. Anybody, anytime, anywhere. I am the one saying this...not you, not RobertS, or snagear...you are the cowards and bullies. I have posted this before, and you repeat your complaints, but you never take up the offer. Isn't that interesting, you keyboard kahonas? Why are you afraid to talk to somebody in person? I don't care if you a trustee, the mayor, some clerk, work at some fast food place. Your opinion is valid, but if I disagree with you, you have no logic or rationale to back up your side, so you attack. CLASSIC bullying. Pick a place...if you need to not be 'outed' I can assue you I can keep that secret for you...I'm interested in a spirited dialogue, not ruining your career or humiliating you for sport. I will gladly back up what I say here in person. Will you?
10910 June 26, 2012 at 06:20 PM
People who live in Oak Lawn can own property in gang-infested Latino or Black neighborhoods while living in Oak Lawn einstien. Wouldn't a true Realtor realize that?
RobertS June 26, 2012 at 06:26 PM
callingYouOut: I really think we should just drop this issue, it's obvious Dave W. is the know-it-all that we all wish we could be—not! Humoring someone like this only makes them toxic and dangerous. I am done with this thread...it simply isn't worth beating my head with it. We're all entitled to our opinions, we live in America...
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 07:18 PM
10910, HUH? What does what you said have to do with ANYTHING anybody above mentioned? What does a 'true Realtor' realize? Anybody can own property pretty much anywhere not government owned in America. Any true upright walking primate would realize THAT. Are YOU saying that there are a bunch of Oak Lawn residents that ALSO own property in gang-infested areas? By extension of THAT thought, do you think they are serving as outposts for those gangs? TO BE CLEAR: I do not know what you are implying, and I'm NOT being sarcastic in that question. I don't know; perhaps you have knowledge of this taking place. Is this fact or is it some presumptive theory to fit a predisposition? If it is fact...wow, that is scary. If it is the latter...wow, nice scare tactic, you should work for the other two on this thread of like mind. (Also, couldn't help but notice that you spelled "Einstein" incorrectly, of all things.) As noted above, a 'true Realtor' cannot discriminate, even if they were raised by small-minded hooligans with no imaginations or their racism was 'hidden' behind what they would claim would be concern for 'their' town. The folly of such thought processes is documented throughout history. It never works in the long term, and only causes additional strife in the short term. Lastly, a few complain that they don't like what I write, but no one has comeback with anything resembling facts or points of logic. Just more of how I 'claim' to be right. By ALL means, prove me wrong!
RobertS June 26, 2012 at 07:29 PM
"Lastly, a few complain that they don't like what I write, but no one has comeback with anything resembling facts or points of logic. Just more of how I 'claim' to be right. By ALL means, prove me wrong!"—Dave W. Why? Life goes on...We are all entitled to our opinions and beliefs. One man's reality is another man's fantasy. Have a great day!
anthony June 26, 2012 at 07:39 PM
If directed at you, the poster is saying you are an agent or rent properties in Oak Lawn and the ghetto . If it is an "in general comment" the poster is saying they get directed here from Ghetto friendly agents ... Sounds eiriely like the 95th and Harlem deal Lucky that one ws dismissed... But bigger point why involve the fed about housing discrimination? When it is easier just to make things hard on any undesirable tenant or business owner with selective enforcement...
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 07:52 PM
RobertS, you are correct, we are all entitled to our opinions and our beliefs. I disagree with some, agree with others...when I disagree, I point out facts or post links or at least use logic to support my statements. When somebody like calling YouOut disagrees, all they do is try to intimidate and deflect. The irony is that I'm trying to have a reasonable debate with people who have no reason behind thier opinion, or know that their 'reason' is so ridiculous, they would embarrass themselves to post it. They are SO outraged, though, that they cannot NOT reply, so they do with petty insults or obfuscations of actual facts. THAT is why I ask for soemthing like proof. The whole country has become polariazed because nobody thinks anything needs explanation anymore. If they think it, it MUST be so. MY posts are long BECAUSE I explain my rationale. OF COURSE I am not always right. But in a civilized society, we should have respect enough for intellectual thought (if not each other, apparently) to offer substantive reasons or logic behind our opiniojns when we put them forth in a public forum. Half of Congress isn't even around when politicians speak! Without vigorous debate, we are ALL just screaming into a vacuum. I THINK I'm right, but who doesn't? Who purposely posts WRONG things? All I ask is that we have a real discussion, not just sling mud like children at a playground. That does not raise our social consciousness. Is that too much to ask? I hope not.
Dave W. June 26, 2012 at 08:02 PM
anthony, I do not believe that the poster was specifically talking to me in this instance. I could be mistaken, but I think they were going with the 'general comment'. Could you describe a 'Ghetto friendly' agent? What was supposes to happen at 95th and Harlem? It isn't a matter of agents (well, usually) involving the fed with housing discrimination. A simple phone call by any client who even suspects discrimination is all it takes to unleash a torrent of bureaucratic pain on an office and/or agent. The government follows up allegations like that seriously. I've been doing this since well before the current administration, it doesn't matter who is in charge, it is federal law. Even people that rent property (or sell) without an agent get caught for discrimination, all the time. Any agent redlining people will NOT have a place to be an agent for long. "Undesireable" strictly from the legal perspective, is somebody that has 'bad' financials. Anything else is a lawsuit waiting to happen.


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