A Marine waves to the crowd from a tank after a  Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration. Photo by Chris Stone
A Marine waves after a Marine Air-Ground Task Force demonstration at Miramar Air Show. Photo by Chris Stone

Faced with increasing trespassing problems, military officials are increasing security on the undeveloped outskirts of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, base officials announced Thursday.

Personnel at the northern San Diego USMC installation recently have had to deal with more frequent intrusions of hikers, mountain bikers and other unauthorized people on the federal facility, said 1st Lt. Matthew Gregory of the MCAS Miramar Public Affairs Office.

“It’s not a response to any one particular incident,” Gregory said.

Much of the base is not fenced in, particularly in its eastern reaches, where it abuts open-space preserves and environmentally sensitive land where barriers have not been approved. Signs warning against trespassing stand throughout those areas but have not always deterred those deciding to enter, according to Gregory.

Among the locations where military police will be increasing their presence are parts of the station east of Interstate 805 and north of state Route 52, along with the edges of East Miramar training sites.

“It’s not a new thing, but we’ll be having more (patrols),” Gregory said.

Intruders are subject to government trespassing citations that carry federal fines.

— City News Service