Suspicious Package

Letter and Parcel Bomb Recognition Checklist

What to look for:

  • Foreign mail, air mail, and special deliveries"
  • Restrictive markings such as "CONFIDENTIAL" or "PERSONAL".
  • Excessive postage.
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address. Incorrect titles.
  • Misspellings of common words.
  • Oily stains or discoloration on package. Strange odor.
  • Strange sounds.
  • Excessive weight.
  • Rigid, lopsided, or uneven envelopes. Excessive tape or string.
  • Visual distractions. No return address.

Handling Suspicious Packages

  • DO NOT open or shake it.
  • DO NOT carry or show to others.
  • DO NOT bring to the Police Department.
  • DO NOT sniff, touch or taste.
  • DO alert others in the area.
  • Leave the area, close doors and prevent others from entering by using signs or guarding.
  • Putting as much distance as possible between yourself and the package is the safest precaution.
  • Wash hands with soap and water.
  • Call the University Police at 617-627-6911.
  • Create a list of persons in the room where the package was received.