This footage features an edited segment promoting the Crime Stoppers program in McAllen. The promo first looks at the success of Austin's program, which is broadcast on 24 Action News for KVUE-TV. Sergeant George Vanderhule of the Austin Police Department gives testimony to the effectiveness of Crime Stoppers, citing close to 1000 cases closed with the help of the program. The segment then turns to the Crime Stoppers program in McAllen, broadcast on NewsCenter 4 for KGBT-TV. Vanderhule speaks to the importance of the Crime Stoppers program in McAllen and responds to concerns that the Crime of the Week segments teach criminals how to commit crimes. Roy Faires, who produced the Crime of the Week dramatizations for 24 Action News, worked as a special project director and entertainment critic/reporter at KVUE-TV, Austin's ABC affiliate, from 1976-1989.
Crime Stoppers is a program that reenacts crimes and encourages citizens to call in with tips about the case, ensuring their anonymity. The idea was developed in 1975 after the murder of a young man in Alberquerque, New Mexico went unsolved. Detective Greg MacAleese had the idea to go to a local television station and encourage them to reenact the crime for viewers, and he offered a reward to anyone who assisted in an arrest. A caller recognized the situation and offered information, but preferred to remain anonymous. This showed authorities the importance of community involvement in solving crimes, and regional divisions of Crime Stoppers now operate all over the United States, having lead to many successful arrests. Since its inception in 1976, Crime Stoppers in the United States has been responsible for more than half a million arrests and more than $4 billion in recovered property.