University Safety and Assurances

Bomb Threats / Receipt of Suspicious Packages

Link to Quick Reference: Bomb Threat


Receipt of Suspicious Package/Object

Bombs can be constructed to look like almost anything and can be placed or delivered in any number of ways. The probability of finding a bomb that looks like the stereotypical bomb is almost nonexistent. The only common denominator that exists among bombs is that they are designed or intended to explode.

Most bombs are homemade and are limited in their design only by the imagination of, and resources available to, the bomber. If you receive or discover a suspicious package or foreign device:

  • Do not, under any circumstances, touch it, tamper with it or move it!
  • Report it immediately to University Police by calling 9-911 (or 414/229-9911 from a cell phone)

Bomb Threats

Bomb threats are usually conveyed via telephone and generally made by individuals who want to create an atmosphere of general anxiety or panic. All bomb threats should be assumed to pose a legitimate danger to the UW-Milwaukee campus population.

If you receive a bomb threat by telephone:

  • Take the caller seriously, but remain calm.
  • Ask a lot of questions. Use the checklist below as a guide.
  • Take notes on everything said and on your observations about background noise, voice characteristics, etc.
  • If possible, get a co-worker to call the University Police emergency phone line (Dial 9-911 from any campus phone or 229-9911 from a cellphone) while you continue talking to the caller.
  • Call the University Police emergency phone number at 9-911 from any campus phone or 229-9911 from a cellphone immediately after the call.
  • Notify your supervisor/department head.
  • University Police will be dispatched to your area to investigate and evaluate the threat. University Police will provide detailed instructions upon arrival.

Bomb Threat Report


Questions to Ask:

  • When is bomb going to explode?
  • Where is it right now?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • Why?
  • What is your name?
  • What is your address?
  • Try to recall the exact wording of the threat


Characteristics of Caller's Voice:

  • Calm
  • Stutter
  • Laughter
  • Accent
  • Ragged
  • Nasal
  • Excited
  • Normal
  • Slurred
  • Cracked Voice
  • Slow
  • Rapid
  • Distinguished
  • Lisp
  • Familiar
  • Raspy
  • Deep
  • Distinct
  • Loud
  • Soft
  • Deep Breathing
  • Angry
  • Clearing Throat
  • Crying
  • If voice is familiar, who did it sound like?
  • What was the sex of the caller?
  • Can you estimate an approximate age of the caller?
  • Make a note of the date the call was received.
  • Record the number at which the call was received and the time of the call.
  • Make a note of the approximate length of the phone call.


Background Sounds:

  • Street Noises
  • Music
  • Factory Machinery
  • Long Distance
  • Animal Noises
  • House
  • Voices
  • Noises
  • PA System
  • Booth
  • Static
  • Motor
  • Local
  • Office Machine
  • Other


Threat Language:

  • Well-Spoken
  • Irrational
  • Incoherent
  • Message Read by Caller
  • Message Taped
  • Foul Language