Crime Stoppers began in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in September 1976 when concerned citizens joined with local media and law enforcement in an effort to help curb crime. Individuals calling with information leading to the arrest of a person or persons involved in felony offenses were paid a cash reward. To preserve the program's integrity, informants were never required to give their names. Today, there are more than 1,200 Crime Stopper programs around the world. Collectively, these programs have solved more than half a million crimes and recovered about $7 billion in stolen property and narcotics worldwide.