How it Works

What is Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers began in Albuqueque, New Mexico in September of 1976.  Members of the local community, in partnership with the media and law enforcement, began an effort to provide crime-solving asistance to law enforcement.

A cash reward was offered to anonymous persons who called the Crime Stoppers tipline with information which led to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for the felony offenses.  

The Crime Stoppers program has enjoyed great success boasting an average conviction rate of 95% on cases solved by CrimeStoppers' tips.  The Crime Stoppers programs worldwide have solved over a half a million crimes and recovered over 3 billion dollars worth of stolen property and narcotics.

Today, there are over 1,000 Crime Stopper programs in the United States, Cananda, United Kingdom, Austrailia, South Africa, Bahamas, British West Indies, Micronesia, and other nations.

Why do we need Crime Stoppers?

Crime Stoppers is based on the principal that "Someone other than the criminal has information that can solve a crime" and was created to combat the three major problems faced by law enforcement in generating that information:

* Fear of REPRISAL

* An attitude of APATHY

* Reluctance to get INVOLVED

Crime Stoppers resolves these problems by:

* Offering ANONYMITY to persons who provide information about crimes.

* Paying REWARDS when the information supplied leads to the arrest.

Three Essential Elements Make a Crime Stopper Program


Citizens are responsible for forming a Crime Stoppers non-profit corporation, whose directors establish policy, determine amount and method of rewards payments, work closely with the police and the media and generally oversee the program. The directors are also responsible for fund raising, and all volunteer service.  Tax money is not sought.


The media is utilized to publicize the Crime Stoppers program and maintain a high profile in the community.  An unsolved "Crime of the Week" is given special treatment with details published in newspapers, on the radio, and in certain cases a re-enactment on television.  Local area media, in a corrdinated effort, assist Crime Stoppers by putting a selected crime in their media to inform the public and produce positive results.


A special Crime Stoppers phone with a well publicized number is provided to the community. Callers are assigned a special CODE number and NEVER give their names.  If after the investigation, the information leads to an arrest the caller is entitled to a reward.