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Lake County Crime Stoppers along with law enforcement put up a billboard to promote public awareness of the dangers of drugs and criminal activity on Washington Street at West Street in Waukegan. | Thomas Delany Jr.~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: February 11, 2013 7:14AM

WAUKEGAN — A new billboard was put up marking the 10th year for the Lake County Crime Stoppers’ program that promotes public awareness of the dangers of drugs, gangs, illegal guns, sex offenders, violent criminals and wanted fugitives.

The billboard, located at the northeast corner of Washington and West streets, shows a skeletal hand holding a razor blade along with heroin in powder form and a rolled dollar bill. The message urges people to call Crime Stoppers to stop drug dealing.

The 10th in a series of billboards is part of an effort by Clear Channel Outdoor advertising company, Lake County Crime Stoppers and the Lake County Metropolitan Enforcement Group and Lake County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with community policing and crime prevention awareness programs.

Officials said in the area around the billboard six of 10 children are solicited for illegal drugs.

“This is a call out to parents, educators and concerned citizens to be aware, protect the children, get involved and remain anonymous through the Crime Stoppers tip line at (847) 662-2222,” officials said. At Crime Stoppers, you can leave information, and not your name, and if that information leads to an arrest you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

The Lake County Regional Office of Education also distributes Gun Stopper and Drug Safety posters in the schools.

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