Keeping Your Mail Safe

In the tumultuous times in which we live, a terrorist threat can take many forms. In recent years, the possibility of a biological threat being introduced through the mail has become a grim reality. Terrorists can attempt to use letters or packages to spread infectious materials, which are introduced to the body through contact with the skin and/or inhalation.

Yet, citizens are not defenseless against this threat but by taking some time to familiarize yourself with a few simple guidelines about how to recognize and deal with suspicious packages and letters you can significantly reduce your vulnerability to these possible attacks.

Warning Signs of Suspicious Letters
  • No return address
  • Restrictive Markings, such as personal or private
  • Sealed with tape
  • Misspelled words/ awkward or improper use of language
  • Addressed to title only with no name - such as Chief Executive Officer
  • Incorrect title
  • Poorly typed or written
Warning Signs of Suspicious Packages
  • Oily stains, discoloration, or crystallization visible on wrapper
  • Strange odor
  • Excessive taping
  • Rigid or bulky
  • Lopsided or uneven
Receiving a Suspicious Letter or Package
  • Handle with care – don’t shake or bump
  • Isolate the package/letter immediately
  • Do not open, smell, touch or taste
  • Treat it as suspect – If needed call local law enforcement authorities immediately