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Suspicious Letters, Packages and Devices


If you receive or discover a suspicious letter, package or device:

Do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it!
Immediately call 6-7777 from a campus phone or 410-516-7777 from a cell phone* or off-campus phone.

*Do not use a cell phone or any radio device within 300 feet of the suspicious object.

What constitutes a suspicious letter, package or device?

Some typical characteristics which ought to trigger suspicion include objects that:

■         Have any powdery substance on the outside.

■         Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.

■         Have excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed address, incorrect titles
            or titles with no name, or misspellings of common words.

■         Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise

■         Have no return address or have one that can’t be verified as legitimate.

■         Are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.

■         Have an unusual amount of tape.

■         Are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential.”

■         Have strange odors or stains.

What to do if you receive a suspicious letter, package or device:

■          Handle it with care.  Do not shake or bump it.

■          Isolate it immediately.

■          Do not open, smell, touch, or taste it.

■          Treat it as suspect.  Notify Campus Security or Baltimore Police (911)
































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