Suspicious Package

Some characteristics of suspicious packages and letters include the following:

  • Excessive postage
  • Handwritten or poorly typed addresses
  • Incorrect titles
  • Title, but no name
  • No return address
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Excessive weight
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Visual distractions
  • Oily stains, discolorations or odor
  • Ticking sound
  • Protruding wires or aluminum foil
  • Excessive security materials such as masking tape, packing tape string. etc.
  • Marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “Confidential”
  • Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the return address.

Actions to take once a potential suspicious package has been identified.

  • Stay calm.
  • Do not move or handle the package.
  • Do NOT clean up any spills.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Call (312) 355-5555 for the UIC Police (5-5555 from a campus phone.