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Columbus Crime Stoppers sees an increase in tip calls

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Thousands of calls come in to the 911 center at the Columbus Police Department everyday.  It's at the 911 center where calls also come in to Crime Stoppers.

Crime Stoppers is a separate hotline setup for people who wish to remain anonymous, but give police vital information about a potential criminal.

"Once we receive information from the Crime Stoppers [hotline] this information is given to the investigators, who work on it immediately to try to make an apprehension or an arrest in the case," Major Wanna Barker Wright said.

Investigators told us that it was an anonymous caller who led police to the area where murder suspect Leo Scott was found. Though the outcome was not what police had hoped they still encourage people to report suspicious activity to police.

Bibb Village Association President Chris Johnson says he makes a point to stress the importance of the tip-line to people in his community.

"Call 911 if you see something that is out of the ordinary and you will know, call 911," Johnson said.

From January 2011 to December 2011, there were 113 reported calls to the Crime Stoppers hotline, 35 arrests from those calls, and 10 paid claims to tipsters.  

So far this year,  Crime Stoppers have already received 23 calls. These numbers are up compared to the typical 50 calls that were received in 2010.

Columbus police have a new tip system in the works that will allow people to submit their tips through text messages on their cell phones. 

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