SAN ANTONIO -

The city's Development Services department is toughening it's tactics to rid roadsides of so called "bandit signs."

"These are the signs you see everywhere. They're on utility poles, in the right-of-way," said Rod Sanchez, director of Development Services.

In 2013, city employees plucked 100,000 bandit signs from the sides of roads.

"The signs keep reappearing and reappearing," Sanchez said.  "So now we're working with the Police Department."

Development Services is now turning over repeat offenders to SAPD.

Police officers call the number on the signs and tell the person on the other end that what they're doing is illegal.

In the first few weeks of the crackdown, SAPD officers are making about 20 calls a week.

If violators don't take down the signs after that, the city can follow up by sending them a certified letter.

After that, violators can be taken to court and fined.

Additionally, a new Development Services task force now hits the streets for four hours on Saturdays finding the signs and taking them down.

"They're ugly. They clutter up our right-of-way," said Sanchez. "We're hearing more and more from neighborhood groups and different citizens that they're tired of seeing all the clutter on the right-of-ways."

Development Services is paying it's employees overtime to be part of the task force.

The only time temporary signs are allowed is by city permit which is marked by stickers placed on the signs.

"You can't place a sign on a utility pole. That's illegal. We won't give you a permit for that," Sanchez said. "So if you see any of those, by city ordinance they're trash and anyone can pick them up."

Political signs are exempt. They must be taken down 90 days after an election.