Money, Flash Cars and Brawls: In Melbourne’s Violent Youth Gangs – While Setting Up Instagram Pages to Brag About Their Criminal Lifestyle
- Youth gangs thrive on online worship and notoriety for their petty crimes
- @melbournecrimes and @burncitycrims ask followers to send criminal content
- Pages include fights, illegal drug use, money, weapons, knives, and fast-driving cars
- Victoria Police is aware of the gangs and will follow them during the corona virus
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Melbourne teenage boys use social media to brag about their reckless ‘gangster’ lifestyle and commit crimes.
Two Instagram pages titled @melbournecrimes and @burncitycrims ask their followers to submit criminal content to share online.
The pages are riddled with gang fighting, illegal drug use, money, weapons, knives and fast-driving cars, including a video of a criminal stealing a Mercedes Benz.
The ruffs pose in balaclavas to hide their identities and often wear designer brands such as Gucci to show off their wealth.
Melbourne youth gangs use social media to brag about their reckless lifestyle and commit crimes, often posing with balaclavas and wearing designer clothes
The Melbourne Crimes description prides itself on being ‘Melbourne’s number one crime page’ posting ‘the best s ** t daily’.
The description reads ‘send s ** t in, bongs, fights, cash, flexing, steals, chases and other s ** t.’
Rob Ward of the City of Casey Neighborhood Watch told the story Herald Sun. the groups pose a threat to the public, even during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Just because there’s nobody on the street doesn’t mean we’re suddenly safe,” he said. “People need to stay vigilant and lock their doors and windows.”
James Croffee, an associate professor at Swinburne University, said the youth thrive on online worship and notoriety for their petty crimes.
“This is a very good example of young people who want positive attention, which they may not get at home and who may struggle in school,” he said.
Victoria Police is aware of the gang’s actions and will continue to monitor them during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are convinced that we know the identity of the majority of young people involved in street gangs. Disrupting their criminal activities and calling criminals to account remain a priority for us, “said a spokeswoman.
New coronavirus measures in Victoria will make it easier for police to manage youth on the street, as all meetings are limited to two people to stop the spread of the disease.
Police may fine up to $ 1,652 for breaking the rules on the spot.
The pages contain images of vicious fights, illegal drug use, money, weapons and fast-driving cars