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Suspicious Package

Suspicious Packages are any items capable of concealing or containing harmful substances that have been left unattended and/or visibly shows indicators of posing a potential threat.

Characteristics of Suspicious Packages

  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Strange return address or no return address
  • Incorrect titles or title without a name
  • Not addressed to a specific person
  • Marked with restrictions, such as "Personal," "Confidential," or "Do not x-ray"
  • Marked with any threatening language
  • Postmarked from a city or state that does not match the return address

Key Appearances

  • Oily stains
  • Discolorations
  • Odor
  • Excessive packaging material
  • Excessive weight
  • Ticking sound and/or protruding wires or aluminum foil

Additionally, items such as briefcase, gym bag, suitcase, etc. may be deemed suspicious solely because it is discovered unattended in a public place or near a sensitive facility.

What to Do with a Suspicious Package, Letter or Container

  • Do not panic. It is important for all of your actions to be careful & deliberate.
  • Protect yourself from an exposure to an unknown material. Do not touch, move or attempt to clean up the unknown material.
  • Isolate the area and evacuate all personnel from the immediate area.
  • Contact 911 and the notify the Director of Real Estate Operations as soon as possible.
  • Do not use radios or cell phones. 
  • All personnel who may have had contact with the unknown material should wash their hands with soap, warm water and shower as soon as possible.
  • Do not use bleach or other disinfectants.
  • Make a list of names and contact information for all personnel who have come into contact with the unknown material.
  • Provide this information to law enforcement and health officials.
  • Carefully follow the instructions provided by law enforcement and health officials.

Threat by Mail

  • Note where it was found and who found it.  
  • Caution staff and students against picking up or touching any strange objects or packages.
  • Notify Director of Real Estate Operations or CBS Campus Security.