Utah Crime Solvers has proven itself an effective program for cracking criminal cases.
Using donated services from local media, Crime Solvers produces weekly video re-enactments of unsolved felony crimes committed within Utah communities. The videos are televised on four TV stations in Utah.Stories about the crimes are published in seven newspapers.
Readers and viewers with information about the crime, or any other criminal enterprise, are encouraged to call anonymously on a 24-hour hotline. A cash reward of up to $1,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and indictment of suspects.
Since the program's inception in 1985, 700 felony cases have been cleared, more than $750,000 worth of stolen property and narcotics have been recovered, and $12,750 in reward money has been paid.
Editor's Note: The Deseret News, in cooperation with the Utah Council for Crime Prevention, publishes weekly accounts of unsolved crimes as part of a statewide program called Crime Solvers. Readers with information about the "Crime of the Week," or any other unsolved crime, are invited to call Crime Solvers at 964-CALL or 1-800-972-CALL. Information is then passed on to local police. A reward of up to $1,000 is being offered by the council for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the criminals involved. It is not necessary to give your name when providing information.