What you should do about any suspicious package

Posted at 2:03 AM, Mar 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-21 05:16:35-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – As concerns continue to grow over package explosions in Texas, people in West Michigan are also on edge, concerned that something similar could happen here.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department recommends calling police before you even touch a suspicious package.

“If something is telling you that there’s something just not right about this package, call police,” says Sgt. Joel Roon of the Kent County Sheriff’s Department.

Sgt. Roon says there are warning signs to look for, starting with "excessive postage on the package. Maybe some additional tape. Certain authorities will tell you to look for excessive weight in a package. An oily stain could be another, a distorted shape.”

If you do come across a package that has several of these warning signs, then it may be time to take initiate an action plan.

“An action plan in something like this is relatively simple," says Roon. "Stop what you are doing, move away from the package, and isolate it by getting people out of the area. And then make your phone call to bring police in.”

Police say to play it safe. If you have any concerns about a suspicious package, call police.