Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in BC

OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS IN BC

Combatting Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Organized Crime

Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG’s) exist around the world and have a significant presence in Canada. At the core of the CFSEU-BC’s End Gang Life initiative is to bring awareness and educate the public about gangs.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs exist in every province of Canada. They interconnect across provincial/municipal jurisdictions and have national/international connections and associations.

The common term “1% Club” distinguishes outlaw motorcycle riders from the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts who are law-abiding citizens. It’s worn as a symbol by outlaw bikers and often seen as a pin, patch or tattoo.

Outlaw motorcycle gangs exist in every province of Canada. They interconnect across provincial/municipal jurisdictions and have national/international connections and associations.

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An outlaw motorcycle gang is any group of motorcycle riders and/or supporters who:

•  Voluntarily made a commitment to band together
•  Abide by their organization’s rules
•  Engage in criminal activities

These activities are considered organized crime.

The common term “1% Club” distinguishes outlaw motorcycle riders from the majority of motorcycle enthusiasts who are law-abiding citizens. It’s worn as a symbol by outlaw bikers and often seen as a pin, patch or tattoo.

Characteristics
The courts have determined that outlaw motorcycle gangs have the following characteristics:

•  A hierarchical structure
•  Membership
•  Involves criteria, processes and regulations
•  Members may prove their permanent commitment via criminal acts
•  Associates
•  Colours
•  Clubhouse
•  Fortified and equipped with systems to protect against intrusion
from rival groups or police raids
•  Club rules
•  Intelligence gathering
•  Criminal activity

Presence in Canada
Outlaw motorcycle gangs exist in every province of Canada. They interconnect across provincial/municipal jurisdictions and have national/international connections and associations. Law enforcement monitors expanding criminal operations and arrests anyone who is involved in illegal activities.

Impacts on Canadian society and economy
Outlaw motorcycle gangs commit crimes that damage the Canadian economy, such as:

•  Fraud
•  Counterfeiting
•  Money laundering
•  Extortion
•  Corruption

They also threaten communities’ safety through activities such as:

•  Drug sales and trafficking
•  Illegal firearms dealing
•  Intimidation, violence and murder
•  Conflicts with rival gangs (collateral damage)

Living near an outlaw motorcycle club can affect your safety and decrease your property value.

You can help to ensure your safety, and the safety of your community, by learning about outlaw motorcycle gangs. Choose not to support organized criminal activity

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE GANGS?

You can help to ensure your safety, and the safety of your community, by learning about outlaw motorcycle gangs. Choose not to support organized criminal activity (including activities that seem harmless).

• Don’t buy or wear gang support gear (clothes, bandanas, badges, etc.)
• By purchasing support gear, you are giving money to gangs that are harming our communities
• By wearing support gear, you are supporting the gang’s violent messaging and putting yourself at risk of attack from rival gangs
• Don’t participate in charitable activities organized by these groups
• They often target charities with donations and toy drives to sanitize their image and build community support
• Minimize your contact with gang members
Report any suspicious activity to police

As part of a new coordinated national strategy with other Canadian police agencies, End Gang Life has developed Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs-related Public Service Announcements: bit.ly/2HGXCKy

Phone: 778.290.2040
Fax: 778.290.6101
14200 Green Timbers Way
Surrey, BC V3T 6P3