An increase in violence and alcohol-related offenses in Tigerland has led law enforcement to beef up security in that area, according to a report.
Since 2011, underage purchase and possession of alcohol offenses in the Tigerland area have made up about half of all such offenses in Baton Rouge, the LSU Daily Reveille reported, citing statistics compiled from Open Data BR.
There were 286 alcohol-related incidents in Tigerland in 2015, the worst year for drinking-related crime in the area since 2011, the Reveille reported.
Between 2014 and 2015, reports of assault, robbery, theft and firearm incidents also increased in the area.
The rise in crime led the Baton Rouge Police Department to increase patrols in Tigerland in August 2015. About a month later, the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Crime Strategies Unit also increased began focusing more attention there, according to the Reveille.
In January, LSU tight end Dillon Gordon was stabbed multiple times at Reggie’s bar in Tigerland. The owner of Akasha Market, who was born and raised in the Gaza Strip, took an indefinite leave from her business after being terrorized at gunpoint and robbed of $5,000 on Jan. 4.
There were also a string of incidents in Tigerland in 2015, including and a man allegedly pointing a loaded gun at customers outside a bar, an apparent parking lot rape and a report of shots fired in the air just outside one of the taverns.