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Suspicious Mail, Packages, and Materials

If you receive or observe a suspicious piece of mail, package or material:

  • Do not move, open, cover or interfere with it.
  • Move people away from suspicious items. Avoid contaminating other areas and people.
  • Call NCCU Police immediately at 919-530-6106. Get to a safe location.
  • Be prepared to describe the item, its location, and the context of what you've observed. Give your name and phone number.
  • Follow Police instructions. Do not create panic. If you are told to evacuate the area or building, follow your unit's evacuation procedure.

Characteristics of a suspicious piece of mail or package that is received unexpectedly or is unknown may include:

  • Excessive postage
  • Misspellings of common words
  • Excessive weight
  • Rigid envelope
  • Arrival via foreign mail or some form of expedited delivery
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address
  • Restrictive markings such as "confidential" or "personal"
  • An excessive amount of securing material used, such as masking tape or string
  • Incorrect titles
  • Oily stains or discolorations
  • Visual distractions
  • Lopsided or uneven writing
  • Titles but no names
  • No return address
  • Protruding wires or foil
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