UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- Despite or because of the rise in crime in Waco, Crime Stoppers is making record arrest numbers.
In the first 6 months of 2011, they've arrested more criminals than they normally do in an entire year.
So far 71 criminals behind bars, and it's all thanks to tips from home.
"The past ten years we've been a very successful program, but everything has just really doubled up on us quickly," said Officer Steve Dieterich with the Waco Police Department.
Officer Dieterich says he's never seen such a large number of tips.
"Rewards are being paid. And right now, we've already paid out over $10,000 this year, and normally we usually pay between $10-13,000 a whole calendar year."
Since Jan., they've had more than 1,300 calls and 62 web tips.
Leading to the arrest of men like career criminal Jimmy Kenner who now in prison for life.
"A lot of them they were wanted for a felony. Some of them have already been convicted of a felony and violated their probation, and they're out there doing dastardly deeds again," says Officer Dieterich.
Now Crime Stoppers is aiming to increase text tips. Officer Sophie Martinez says that's where they reach kids.
"They're an untapped resource. A lot of people don't think that kids are really paying attention, but they do,"
says Officer Martinez. "With the texting, being that that's a very popular thing with the kids, that is one tool we use."
To find out how to submit a tip and get a cash reward, click here.