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Bad guys need be wary

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Bad guys in Ruston and Lincoln Parish took it on the chin in 2011. Ruston-Lincoln Crime Stoppers, the organization that seeks anonymous tips leading to the arrest or grand jury indictment of suspected criminals, logged an almost 400 percent jump in the number of successful tips from 2010 to 2011.

It paid out just shy of five times more reward money last year than the year before. So crime must be rampant, right? Nope. What’s booming is the number of people who are calling, texting, or going online to offer a tip.

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