They've been illegal in Texas for more than a decade, but so-called 'bandit signs' continue to clutter Houston area roadways.
We're talking about the homemade "We buy houses" type signs that are sometimes taped or stapled to telephone poles or simply stuck in the ground at intersections.
“We've made a big push here in the last, probably six months,” says Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman. “Believe it or not, when I'm out rolling around in my truck, I literally pick them up myself.”
Constable Herman says he has deputies assigned specifically to tackle the problem.
“They take pictures of the signs, where they find them. They collect the sign and file civil litigation against the owners of the business on the sign,” he says.
“We normally will notify them that their signs are out there and they need to pick them up, and then every day they leave them out there it's like $500 a day.”
Repeat offenders could face fines up to $1,000 per day.