News Release

For Release:  April 9, 2009                                                           
Contact:  Stephen Razo  951-697-5217; email:

BLM Cautions Public Regarding Border Violence

The international border with Mexico is becoming of increasing concern to the U.S. Government due to an increase in dangerous illegal activities and an escalating trend in border violence.

In the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area located in Imperial County, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) El Centro Field Office has initiated numerous public outreach safety initiatives in partnership with the Border Patrol which includes flyers, signage, and making public contacts.

Visitors to BLM public lands along the California-Mexico border need to be aware of activities around them. If you see anything that looks illegal, suspicious or out of place, please do not intervene.  Note your location and call 911, or report it to the nearest law enforcement authority. 

In addition, remember the following safety tips:

  • Cell phone service is out of range in many remote areas
  • Know where you are at all times, follow good safety procedures and use common sense when making decisions
  • Do not pick-up hitch hikers
  • Keep valuables, including spare change, out of sight and lock your vehicle
  • Avoid traveling outside of well-marked roads and routes
  • People in distress may ask for food, water or other assistance.  Do not make contact  Report the location of the distressed people to the nearest BLM or other law enforcement authority.

The BLM is cautioning the public to be aware of their surroundings when visiting public lands in San Diego and Imperial Counties and to follow the safety tips above.  The BLM offices are working closely with their Border Patrol counterparts in their enforcement efforts to ensure safety on BLM public lands. Your safety is important.  BLM will continue to monitor these areas and provide information to ensure public awareness.


California Desert District Office – 22835 Calle San Juan de Los Lagos, Moreno Valley, CA 92553