Beginning this Monday the 29th, Loves Park residents are being asked to "Spring Clean" their property of debris or they could be in trouble.

The annual "City Sweep" is something city officials say will help the city with a heart look nice, but keep the crime rate down.

Code Enforcement Officer Juan Terre told

Every year we get -- right around springtime -- a lot of calls of people complaining about their neighbors and abandoned properties and such, so we're just trying to be proactive and get ahead of all the complaints coming in."

Part of why they're trying to get ahead of it now.

City officials will be going around the city looking for things like vehicles parked on the grass, inoperable vehicles, brush piles, garbage accumulation, along with more intense stuff such as the painting of houses, fences and the gutters being torn down.

If you are found to be in violation of city code by the code enforcement, the homeowner will then receive a notice in the mail and be given one week to fix the issue.

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