History of Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers was first started in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.A. in 1979 when a gas station attendant was killed. After several weeks, the case was growing cold because there were no leads or eye witnesses. The crime was re-enacted and aired on the local television and a local hotline was provided. Within 2 days, information was provided by someone who had unwittingly witnessed the assailants leaving the scene of the crime and the case was solved.
Since then, more than 1,200 programs in over 51 countries have been established around the world. Crime Stoppers International has helped to make over one million arrests and has also helped to recover over three billion dollars worth in stolen property.
The Crime Stoppers Belize program was founded in 2004 by the Rotary Club of Belize, with the collaborative support of the Rotary Club of Belmopan, Rotary Club of San Ignacio, the civic leaders, the media, and the law enforcement officials.