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Police patrols to be increased in Towson for Tigerfest weekend

Baltimore County Police said Thursday, April 19, that they will partner with Towson University to curb unruly behavior during Tigerfest weekend, April 27-29.

Beginning on April 27 at 11 a.m. and continuing throughout the weekend, special enforcement patrols will be visible in the Donnybrook, Knollwood, Towson Manor and Kenilworth Avenue communities to address any negative impact of Tigerfest on residential neighborhoods, police said in a release.

Tigerfest has been a point of some contention in years past because of drinking, noise and trespassing that has occurred over the weekend.

Last year the university and police tightened rules regarding the location of events and the behavior that was expected of participants, and many residents said the 2011 edition presented lesser impact on the community than previous years.

Still, last year 42 people were charged with civil or criminal offenses during the neighborhood patrols, police said.

For 2012, police said officers will be patrolling neighborhoods to address disorderly, violent or illegal behavior — such as assaults, loud noise or music, disorderly conduct, setting fires, sexual assaults, indecent exposure or urinating in public, destruction of property, alcohol violations such as underage possession or open container violations and possession of illegal drugs

Most of the charges involved alcohol-related offenses, such as underage possession of alcoholic beverages, possession of false identification and open containers.

County police said they wanted to urge students and others to "drink responsibly, make good choices regarding personal safety, and to respect neighbors who may not be participating in the festivities."

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