Do you know the signs of a suspicious package?
There are a number of reasons that a package or letter could be flagged as suspicious.
If something questionable makes it to your doorstep, here are some things to check:
-Excessive Postage- A bomber doesn't want to have to deal with a postal clerk, so they may add excessive stamps to be able to ship while avoiding a face-to face encounter.
-Distorted Handwriting- A mail bomb may have an illegible address or cut and paste labeling on the package.
-No Return Address- The package may not have one, or it may be fictitious or non-existent.
-Restricted Labels- The package may be labeled "personal" or confidential or "fragile--handle with care" or "rush--do not delay."
-Irregular shapes, stains or smells- A lopsided, heavy or stained package could be a hazard. Mail bombs may also have protruding wires, aluminum foil, or oil stains, and may emit a peculiar odor.
Here's what to do in case something suspicious makes it to your doorstep:
- Don't open the article.
- Isolate the suspect parcel and evacuate the immediate area.
- Don't put it in water or a confined space, such as a desk drawer or cabinet.
- If possible, open windows in the immediate area to assist in venting potentially explosive gases.
- Don't worry about possible embarrassment if the item turns out to be innocent. Instead, contact the Postal Inspection Service and your local police department.