Neighbor complaints prompted the City of Lubbock to give the police department the job of codes enforcements. For the past two months, police have initiated monthly crackdowns to clean up neighborhoods.
On Thursday police and codes officers spent the day in the Tech Terrace neighborhood where those original complaints originated. Since the monthly crackdown started roughly 600 vehicles have been tagged. But in Tech Terrace, the problem goes beyond junked cars.
"Usually during the semester I'd see two or three cars parked in front of my house that I see every day, they don't live here," explains Ed Youngblood, a Texas Tech professor. He has lived in Tech Terrace for seven years. But he says he pays the price of convenience.
"Particularly at night when parties are going on, trying to navigate the streets gets kind of complicated and he says those additional cars come with people and loud parties, " he describes.
That's when authorities are notified. "If a party has gotten out of hand, doing what we can to disperse the partiers and send them on their way," explains Lt.. Roy Bassett, Information Officer for the Lubbock Police Department.
Now, police will take it a step further and notify code enforcement. "We can issue a citation from that previous contact with the police department," says Stuart Walker, Code Enforcement Manager.
It's a solution Walker says will target chronic problems in the Tech Terrace neighborhood. "We're now getting that information and are able to carry that case further code enforcement officers will continue canvassing this area on Friday. NewsChannel 11 continue to monitor the Tech Terrace neighborhood for signs of improvement.
Codes Officers Cracking Down In Lubbock Neighborhood
The codes enforcement department is now under the police department and officers are cleaning up the city one neighborhood at a time.