30 years of Crimewatch in numbers

As the BBC1 show turns 30, here are some crucial Crimewatch stats


Crimewatch is 30 years old.


Since it was first broadcast on BBC1 in 1984, the show has appealed for information on thousands of cases, including some of the most high-profile crimes of the past 30 years, such as the murder of James Bulger in 1993 and the disappearance of Madeleine McCann in 2007. 

It has featured a huge range of crimes, from money-laundering to hijacking, drug dealing to people-trafficking, terrorism to murder.

But despite the potentially worrying statistics that follow, it’s important to keep in mind the words of Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross:

“Remember, the crimes featured here are rare. So don’t have nightmares – do sleep well.”

7,300,000 – The number of people who tuned in to watch the Madeleine McCann episode in 2007 

4,500 – The number of appeals featured on the show

1,140 – The number of  appeals the Metropolitan Police have been involved in

1,000 – The number of people who phoned and emailed the show after the Madeleine McCann appeal was refreshed in 2013

926 – The number of robberies featured on the programme

758– The number of murders

339 – The number of rapes which information was appealed for on the show

322 – The total number of episodes broadcast

33.3 – The percentage of appeals that lead to an arrest

20 – The percentage of appeals that lead to a conviction


Crimewatch is tonight at 10:40pm on BBC1