History of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico in September 1976. Members of the local community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, began an effort to provide crime-solving assistance to law enforcement.
A cash reward was offered to anonymous people who call the Crime Stoppers hotline with information that led to the arrest and indictment of the people responsible for felony offenses.
Crime Stoppers Goes International
Today, there are over 1,000 Crime Stoppers programs in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, Micronesia, and other nations.
The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by Crime Stoppers’ tips. The Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and recovered over $3 billion worth of stolen property and narcotics.
- Carry a whistle or similar type of noise maker. In the event of an emergency, the sound may scare off a would-be attacker.
- Take special care when jogging or biking. Vary your route. Go with a friend. Avoid isolated areas and don’t wear headphones.