Suspicious Packages and Letters
Characteristics of a suspicious letter or package include if it:
- Is open or has been opened.
- Appears to be empty.
- Has been mailed from a foreign country.
- Has poorly typed or handwritten addresses.
- Bears a threatening message.
What to Do
- Stay calm.
- Call TCCD Police Dispatch at 817-515-8911.
- Do not carry, shake, or empty the contents.
- Do not allow others to handle/examine the package/letter.
- If the content spills, do not try to clean up any powder. Cover the spill immediately with anything (clothing, paper, trash can) and do no remove the covering.
- If content is aerosolized or a small explosion occurs, turn off all local fans or ventilation units in the area. Shut down all air handling systems in the building.
- Alert others in the area about the suspicious package or envelope.
- Leave the area, close any doors and take actions to prevent others from entering the area. Take your essential belongings with you in case returning is delayed.
- Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading potential infections to others.
- Stay in the area until instructed otherwise by police. They will arrange the appropriate medical attention and follow-up procedures as necessary.
- Make a list of all the people in the room or area where the suspicious letter or package was recognized or opened, in the event that a follow-up is needed.
How to Recognize a Suspicious Package
One indicator of a suspicious package or piece or mail includes inappropriate or unusual labeling, such as:
- Excessive postage
- Misspelled common words
- No return address or strange return address
- Postmarks that do not match the return address
- Unusual addressing, such as not being addressed to a specific person, or the use of incorrect titles or titles with no name
- Restrictive markings, such as "personal", "confidential" or "do not x-ray"
Other indicators include an unusual or inappropriate appearance, including:
- Powdery substance felt through or appearing on the item
- Oily stains or discolorations on the exterior
- Strange odor
- Excessive packaging materials, such as tape or string
- Lopsided or bulky shaped envelopes and boxes
- Ticking sounds, protruding wires or exposed aluminum foil
Updated February 13, 2019