Tigerland, a wildly popular bar scene for LSU students, is becoming a well-known area for violence and crime in Baton Rouge.
The collection of bars off Nicholson Drive has been the center for more than 30 police incidents in the month of February. Many of the incidents are alcohol-related crimes, but some are far more serious.
According to BRPD records, there have been reports of criminal property damage, vehicle burglary and aggravated assault.
LSU freshman, Caroline Musgrave says she knows of frequent bar fights and a lot of crime surrounding the area. Most recently, a woman was sexually assaulted and forced to jump out of a moving vehicle, leaving one of the bars after she got into the wrong ride-sharing vehicle.
She escaped the kidnapping, but the incident left many students are beginning to question the safety of Tigerland.
“We want people to know that there are predators out there and to be aware of what’s going on…” Baton Rouge Police Department Sgt. L’Jean McKneely said.
Many students say they have noticed a large police presence, especially on big weekends, in the medians of Bob Petit Boulevard.
In February alone, there have been multiple DWI and public intoxication charges. BRPD urges students to be aware and pay attention to their surroundings.