LETTER OR PACKAGE BOMBS AND BOMB THREATS

How vulnerable is your workplace to a bomb threat?

The chance that your workplace will receive a letter or package bomb is extremely remote. The chances are greater of receiving a telephoned bomb threat or finding a suspicious and potentially harmful bomb placed at your workplace or on your property.

What motivates people to send letter or package bombs? People often think of a mail bomber as a person motivated by radical political beliefs. This stereotype is incorrect. If you adhere to this stereotype, you may improperly assess and respond to a bomb threat.

Jilted spouses or lovers may seek revenge at the end of their romantic involvement. Former business partners or employees may seek revenge when a business relationship goes sour or when business reversals cause layoffs or firings. Law enforcement officers and members of the judiciary have been targeted for bombs and bomb threats by individuals seeking revenge for having been investigated or prosecuted.

Letter or package bombs usually target specific individuals. Placed devices, however, are generally intended to disrupt workplaces and injure indiscriminately. Bomb threats may target either individuals or organizations.

Bombs can be designed for mailing in many shapes and sizes—not just packages. Even letter-size mail or flats can contain dangerous substances.

Revenge is the motivation that most often triggers a letter or package bomb, or a bomb threat.