Gang activity on the rise but membership declines in Omaha

Omaha police are making a dent in gang memberships in Omaha but that hasn’t stopped a sharp increase in gang activity. 

The latest statistics show that gang membership has dropped by one-thousand members since last year but gang activity continues to increase…. up 73-percent from last year.  That includes drug related activities, robberies and murder.  There is also a spike in gang-related graffiti.  It is estimated there are 29 active gangs in the metro Omaha area.  Gang activity is not just a metro problem.  Smaller communities are also seeing a spike in activity as many members move with family members or to seek employment.