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The City of Mesquite announced a new program to eliminate the placement of illegal bandit signs in the community, and is asking the public to help remove them. Small advertisement signs placed in public rights-of-way and on utility or traffic control poles are considered bandit signs. It is illegal to place a bandit sign in public rights-of-way, which is the area of street, median and sidewalk between utility poles. However, with the permission of the property owner, it is legal to place a sign on private property. This includes a private residence, a business, a school or a park. Director of Neighborhood Services Raymond Rivas said, “This has become a problem in Mesquite. It clutters the appearance of our community and, in some cases, is a safety hazard.” Rivas explained that citizens are encouraged to remove any illegal bandit signs they see in the public rights-of-way. For more information, the public may visit www.cityofmesquite.com/BanditSigns, use the Bandit Signs icon on the City’s mobile app or call Environmental Code at 972-216-6276.