30 years of Crimewatch in numbers

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

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Crimewatch is 30 years old.

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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

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Crimewatch is tonight at 10:40pm on BBC1