Getting the community's help to make La Crosse a safer
place is the focus of a public forum tonight.
The La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers hosted the second
annual 'Safe and Thriving La Crosse Neighborhoods'
forum at the Weber Center in downtown La Crosse.
The forum allows members of the community to talk
about how they can help prevent crime and keep their
Organizers say police can't be everywhere at once
and that makes it important for people to speak up
when they see something happening outside their front
Communication with your neighbors, looking out for
each other, and just trying to be more proactive in
the prevention of crime.
We know that there's crime out there, the police need
help, and crime stoppers is just trying to support
and find a way to get that out in the community more.
One La Crosse resident said there was a drug house
in his neighborhood a few years ago.
He says he and his neighbors banded together to help
the police shut the house down.
We organized, we had people calling police, we had
people taking license plates, and it did work.
And I can't thank the police department enough for
what they've done.
More awareness than anything.
Everybody has to keep aware of it.
I know there's been no action in our area for quite
awhile and people get sort of lackadaisical with it
and you've still got to go out and take a look at
things and make sure you understand what to see.
Organizers hope to keep the forum going as an annual
If you see something suspicious in your neighborhood
you can always submit a tip online at la crosse crime
stoppers dot com.