EDISON - In a recent state gang report, nearly 200 gangs and over 1,500 other smaller groups were identified to be operating within New Jersey.
In Montclair, the report says there are 28 active members within the community, but police say the numbers are much worse; 97 gang members operate within the community. Officials say many members live outside Montclair but operate inside.
"Our increase was based on the fact that we identified four more gangs last year. Every year, they've steadily gone up," says Montclair Deputy Chief Todd Conforti.
The increase in gang activity may partly be to blame on the loss of jobs spurring an increase of crime but also with social networking glorifying the gang life, enticing new members.