We see them almost every night on the evening news. The sickening stories of yet another innocent bystander shot “by accident” in a case of mistaken identity in some gang-related rivalry.

…or the child who will never walk again because they were struck by an errant bullet, as a result of another gang shooting.

…or the story of another innocent life taken before their time; the violence happening with such stomach-churning repetition that we have now become…with apologies to Pink Floyd, “comfortably numb.”

It’s time to bring the power of digital intelligence into the bare-knuckled fight against gang-related crime.

View the real-life case of a mass murder investigation in the US illustrating the importance of streamlining all digital evidence into a single centralized location, and how Cellebrite Pathfinder helped automate and simplify cross-case examination to help solve the case.  Download the Case Study: “How digital intelligence was a game changer in a mass murder case”

As Gang Membership Rises, Violence Follows

Statistically, the news is grim. Gang membership worldwide is up:

  • Up to 10-million gang members are reported worldwide
  • More than 33,000 gangs (1.4-million gang members) are said to reside in the US alone

And gang-related crimes are not just a US issue with over 5,000 gangs reported operating in Europe in 2017, alone.

Not surprising, as the number of gang members rise, the volume of:

  • 50% of homicides in Los Angeles and Chicago are now reported as being gang-related
  • 75% of police agencies report gangs as the No. 1 contributing factor to violent crimes

Social Media—The New Spray Paint

It took no time for gang members to figure out how to use Social media to their advantage. Now, instead of marking turf by spray-painting walls, gang members are using virtual walls to paint on—threatening revival gang members in “cyber-banging’s” and enticing new recruits to “come see us on Facebook.”

Social media has also become a convenient way for gangs to do business with online drug trafficking said to be topping $25-million a month in sales.

Encryption Is Making Things More Complex

Law enforcement must not only contend with ever-increasing volumes of information online, but gang members are quickly learning how to lock up their mobile devices and use encrypted channels to hide their tracks.

Add to this the problems of tracking gang activities internationally across dozens of countries and networks, and the job becomes even more difficult—straining investigative staffs to their limits and leaving more and more team members to feel like they’re drowning in information.

Digital Intelligence Simplifies Complexity

Cellebrite, the world leader in digital forensic technology, is helping law enforcement agencies around the world fight back with digital intelligence software that can give investigators the edge; helping them to deal with the volume, variety, and velocity at which gang-related data is being exchanged.

Cellebrite tools provide capabilities that can be used to:

  1. Unlock mobile devices.
  2. Access encrypted data.
  3. Unify large volumes of data sources and quickly reveal gang networks.
  4. Gather intel from known online and social media accounts.
  5. Visualize gang member connections, relationships and map their locations.
  6. Automatically categorize and analyze media files for quick identification.
  7. Tag and share findings to collaborate across jurisdictional boundaries.

    Watch the Cellebrite UFED Cloud in Action:

  • Keep pace with the growing technological sophistication of organized crime groups.
  • Expedite their investigative strategies.
  • Visually map crime rings.
  • Gather actionable evidence to help prosecutions build solid cases.

This allows agencies to more effectively focus their resources on larger, underlying criminal networks rather than on individual crimes—which in turn helps those on the front lines to create a safer world.

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