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Crime Solvers celebrates 30 years

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Jun 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-22 13:24:25-04

The Virginia Beach Crime Solvers is celebrating 30 years.

A group of businessmen wanting to fight back against the city's growing crime rate created the organization back in 1982.

Anonymous tips to the program have led to more than 7,000 arrests and in more than 15,000 crimes.

Police have recovered more than $30 million worth of drugs and stolen property - and they have paid more than $800,000 to tipsters who gave them the information that cracked those cases.

Police say thanks to the program, the FBI has rated Virginia Beach as one of the  least violent cities in the country.