Records show Pueblo Code Enforcement officers saw nearly 10,000 complaints in 2019 including things like litter, weeds, and junk vehicles. That's nearly double the numbers from a year ago.
Citation numbers are also up.
Code enforcement says one of the big reasons for the increase is officers taking a more proactive approach.
"They go in there and they just start canvassing," said Code Enforcement Manager Karen Wilson. "They are walking those blocks, they are walking those alleys, and they are talking with people and issuing those notices for every violation on the block."
Some of the department's goals for 2020 is to hire more officers and to get more people on its abatement crew.