AU Public Safety & Security/Emergency Management
(334) 844-8888
(334) 750-9795 (24/7)


City of Auburn Police Division (non-emergency)
(334) 501-3100

Suspicious Package

Indicators of a suspicious package may include:

  • No return address or one that can’t be verified as legitimate;
  • Marked with restrictions, such as "Personal," "Confidential," or "Do not X-ray;"
  • Sealed with excessive tape;
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address;
  • Incorrect titles or titles with no name;
  • Misspellings of common words;
  • Oily stains, discolorations, or crystallization on wrapper;
  • Strange odor;
  • Rigid or bulky;
  • Lopsided or uneven; or
  • Addressed to someone no longer here or not addressed to a specific person.

If you receive a suspicious package or letter:

  • Try not to handle the item.¬†If you are holding the item, do not shake or bump it.¬†Gently place it down in an isolated area.
  • Don’t open the item.
  • Don’t smell or taste anything leaking from the item.
  • Do not discard the letter or package.
  • Treat it as suspect and DIAL 911.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water if you handled the package.


Last Updated: Mar. 18, 2015

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