http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/mexico/tijuana/20071119-9999-1m19baja.html This guy is a surf instructor. He went down with his girlfriend and they camped overnight in a secluded spot in a motorhome. Two masked men showed up, forced their way in with guns, and sexually assaulted the woman. Ugly situation, and this guy was not a Baja noob. There have been several recent news stories about attacks in northern Baja. From what I have read, they usually involve surfers, and the targets of the crimes are usually money and cars. What steps do you take to protect yourselves from this sort of thing? When I go, 95% of the time I travel by bike. Someone would have to know how to ride it if they were going to take it from me by force, or have a large truck and a ramp. Not likely. My hard bags have a Mexican flag sticker on them. My hope is that this communicates to others that I have a familiarity with the region. My theory is that the crooks are far less likely to target those who know their way around. When I go by car, I take my beater ride. It is a '82 Toyota Land Cruiser wagon. It has faded paint, primer on the hood, and bondo in the rear rails. I also have a Mexican flag sticker on the bumper, and a campaign sticker for Jorge Hank, a local crook who ran for governor of Baja this year. Again, my thought is the campaign sticker, notwithstanding the California plates, makes me appear more "local." So, what do you guys do? BTW . . . this thread is NOT intended to discourage people from visiting Baja. I LOVE Mexico, but I also believe in playing it safe. For the record, violent crime in the U.S. is FAR more common, and there are certain spots in California that I will NOT visit. The only city in Mexico that I no longer will visit is Juarez.