Be Informed When There is a Criminal Threat

South San Francisco, CA   May 25, 2017      Submitted by County of San Mateo

The recent tragic attack in Manchester, England, is a reminder that we must remain vigilant, be aware of our surroundings and report any and all suspicious activity.

One of the most powerful tools we have to understand the threats we face is your ability to have access to the information that will aid in protecting our communities. The County Sheriff’s Office Homeland Security Division encourages all San Mateo County residents to join SMC Alert,, to receive urgent alerts. SMC Alert is a free alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages to your:

• email accounts

• cell phones, smartphones, tablets

• voice messages to landline phones (home & work)

We suggest you sign up to receive information via email for any locations you live, work, or travel through in order to be informed during a critical incident. Recent traffic advisories on freeway shut downs, fires, and other issues were sent out to over 58,000 people signed up in order to help them be informed. If you have any issues during the process to sign up for SMC Alert, please email

In addition, it is important to report all suspicious activity however insignificant it may seem to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center (NCRIC) at Or for urgent threats/incidents, call 911 or FBI/JTTF at (415) 553-7400. The security of our residents and our entire community is an utmost priority. Thank you for doing your part to help keep us all safe.

2 comments for “Be Informed When There is a Criminal Threat

  1. louisa piazza
    May 26, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Please keep me informed

    • Editor
      May 26, 2017 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Louisa,
      We do our best to keep our community informed yet SMC ALERT system is something all residents can subscribe to so they can be informed in real time. Please do check the link for more information on signing up if you should so choose.
      Thank you.

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