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Gang tags in Saskatoon: Marking territory, settling scores and public intimidation – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 7, 201961 Views

Tags a visual marker for gang presence across Saskatoon

Oct 06, 2019

The numbers and letters jump off the garage door in an explosion of competing colours and shapes.

The double garage is in an alley off 20th Street W. near St. Paul’s Hospital in Saskatoon’s Pleasant Hill neighbourhood, a high traffic t-junction in the heart of gang country.

To a casual observer, the markings on the garage likely mean little more than there is someone in the neighbourhood with an artistic bent and a can of spray paint.

Sometimes it is no more than that — but for police, gang members and academics, these symbols, typically referred to as tags, can offer a rich vein of information on gang activity in a neighbourhood.

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