Suspicious Package

IF YOU ENCOUNTER A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE
  • Remain calm
  • Stay away from the package
  • DO NOT allow anyone to handle or go near the package
  • DO NOT use any cell phones, radios, or other wireless devices around the package
  • Call USC Police at 911 (emergency) or at 803-777-4215 (non-emergency), depending on the situation, from a land line of possible
    •  State the location of the package and provide a description
    • Stay on the phone until released by the dispatcher
  • If you touched the package, wash your hands with soap and water for 15 minutes
SIGNS OF A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

Consider the specific circumstances when evaluating the following signs. The presence of one characteristic may not necessarily mean a package is dangerous, but if in doubt, call USC Police.

  • Package or envelope with suspicious powdery substance
  • Unexpected package sent by someone unfamiliar to you
  • Excessive postage
  • Poorly written or typed address
  • Incorrect title(s) with no names
  • Misspelling of common words or names
  • Addressed to someone no longer at the address
  • Outdated postmarks
  • No return address, or one that can’t be identified as legitimate
  • Return address not consistent with postmark
  • Unusual weight, given package size; lopsided or oddly shaped
  • Unusual amount of tape, string, or other wrapping material
  • Marked with restrictive labels like “fragile,” “personal,” “confidential,” or “rush-do-not-delay”
  • Strange odor, stains, or noises (i.e. rattling, clicking, ticking, etc.)
  • Appears to contain electrical wire or aluminum foil
  • Country of foreign origin, unfamiliar to recipient