The property crime rate in La Crosse is growing rapidly over the last 10 years.
One online report ranks the western Wisconsin city 24th in the nation for the rapid increase -- up 14 percent between 2008 and 2017. La Crosse police say many times the offender is looking for quick money to pay for drugs. The La Crosse rate is going up at a time the nationwide rate dropped by 21 percent. Property crimes include burglaries, motor vehicle thefts, vandalism and similar offenses.