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Suspicious Mail or Package

Characteristics of Suspicious Letter or Package

Some typical characteristics, which in combination may trigger suspicion are:
  • Restricted marking such as "Personal" or "Special Delivery"
  • No return address or one that cannot be verified as legitimate
  • A city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
  •  Unusual weight based on size
  • Lopsided or oddly shaped, strange odors, oily stains, crystallization, protruding wires, rigid or bulky, excessive tape or string, or if the package is making a noise
If you receive a suspicious letter or package:
  • Do not try to open it.
  • Isolate it
  • Call Public Safety at 717-291-3939
If you open a parcel containing suspicious material or alleged to contain suspicious material:
  • Immediately set it down where you are
  • Do not move the suspicious material
  • If any of the contents or a substance spills out of the letter or package, do not try to clean it up and do not brush off your clothes as this could disperse material into the air
  • If the material is corrosive or presents an immediate danger, wash or rinse your hands
  • Close the door to the area where the suspicious parcel was opened and do not allow others to enter the area
  • Call Public Safety at 717-291-3939
  • Remain at the scene to answer questions from emergency service personnel
  • If anyone enters the closed area in which the suspicious letter or package is located, that person should also remain at the scene.