In police procedurals media coverage and rewards are often depicted as resulting in a huge number of false reports. Often depicting hundreds or in extreme cases thousands of false tips.
Do any actual numbers exist to back this up this depiction?
If the onslaught of false tips from are as bad as often depicted it seems like reward/bounties should not be offered, and media coverage should be kept low key as possible.
Is there any hard data that correlates the amount of useful/false information received with either the size of a reward, or media coverage?