The following information is specific to the OXNARD area.
Symbols and numbers:
Some symbols and numbers may have special significance within the gang culture. In the Oxnard area, letters and symbols that contain CH, X13, or XIII indicate gang involvement. The presence of the below symbols are examples and if seen in graffiti, tattoos, or writings would be indicative of gang involvement:
• X13, XIII, Sureno “M”
• COCH, COL, CO, ES
• LW, LWCH, LWCH13
• SS, SSCH
• LOMA, LF, WSLF, LFXCH, Hill St
• Squires, SDCH
• ER, WEXTST
• STXCH, VST, SXT, ST
Letters, colors, or symbols may have a specific gang meaning in local street-gang culture. In Oxnard, for example: Dallas Cowboys (CO=Colonia) or White Sox (SOX=South Oxnard). Sports items may be purchased in a nontraditional color to correspond with the gang’s colors or may be altered with graffiti or extra symbols or writing. Here are some examples of sportswear that have been adopted by Oxnard area gangs: Dallas Cowboys, Chicago White Sox, Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, and San Diego Chargers.
Gang clothing trends change so clothing alone may not be enough to indicate a child’s affiliation with a particular gang, though it can be a clue. For current information on clothing and other gang identifiers, call a gang investigator at (805) 486-6297.
Additional Resources and Information:
Phone Numbers To Report Gang Activity
Emergencies or impending violence: 9-1-1
Non-emergency, but you want an officer to repond: (805) 385-7740
To leave a message about gang activity or a gang member: (805) 982-7043
If you have questions about your child’s possible involvement in gangs, or for advice on how to get help, call the Gang Reduction Coordinator at (805) 486-6290 (bilingual).
Oxnard Parents Guide to Gangs brochure.