UPD: Be on alert for anything suspicious


Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 3:42 p.m.

The University of Florida Police Department is reminding faculty, staff and students that "If you see something, say something."

UPD has begun training UF Document and Mailing Services staff to improve their awareness of suspicious packages, but police want everyone to be more aware of anything that seems amiss.

"Though there has not been any direct threat to the University of Florida, one should never be complacent," UPD Chief Linda Stump said in a memo sent Thursday to all deans, directors and department chairs.

Stump urged all to be more vigilant of suspicious activities, packages and envelopes in light of Monday's bombing at the Boston Marathon, and other events, including the letters mailed to President Obama and a U.S. senator containing Ricin.

The Boston explosions killed at least three people and sent more than 100 to hospitals with serious injuries. Authorities said suspicious packages were placed in the area where the explosions occurred.

Because of the many different ways mail can be delivered throughout campus, Stump asked all faculty and staff to watch out for the following:

-- Lumps, bulges or protrusions on packages or envelopes. (Do not apply pressure to those areas.)

-- Handwritten addresses or labels from companies, and whether the company is fictitious.

-- Packages wrapped in string. Modern packaging has eliminated this.

-- Excessive postage on small packages or letters, an indication they were not weighed by the post office.

-- Leaks, stains or any protruding wire, string or other material.

-- No return address or one that appears to be fictitious.

Stump advised that if anyone comes across a suspicious package, don't try to open it, but isolate the package, avoid further handling of it and call UPD immediately at 392-1111 or call 911.

"The safety of everyone in the area of the package is our primary concern," Stump said. "If you think the package is suspicious, it is."

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