Mail Screening and Suspect Packages

Mail Screening and Suspect Packages

Following on from recent events in London and Glasgow, both the Metropolitan Police and Police Scotland are investigating. Although still at an early stage there may be a link between the incidents, although both police forces are keeping an open mind with regards to the motive.

With this in mind businesses are reminded to have a sound or robust mail handling and screening policy depending on your business profile, location and the amount of mail you handle.

Although any suspect item should be treated seriously, remember that the great majority will be false alarms and a few may be hoaxes.  Try to ensure that your procedures, while effective, are not needlessly disruptive. A properly conducted risk assessment should give you a good idea of the likely threat to your organisation and indicate precautions you need to take.


Here are a few links to advice and guidance that you will find useful:

The Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) produce sound guidance which we can share with you

PAS 97 is the current comprehensive guidance on mail screening and security, produced by CPNI in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), and with the assistance of a range of stakeholders. It aims to assist organisations in assessing the risks they face from postal threats, and in implementing appropriate screening and security measures, either internally or outsourced, the link to which is below;

In addition to this, CPNI have an ongoing Mail Screening Matters campaign, designed to increase the level of understanding and uptake of the information contained within PAS 97, CPNI has produced a range of guidance products on postal security, the link to which is below;

You can also view the latest National Incident Notifications by clicking here and here


Current UK Threat Levels:

The current threat level for international terrorism in the UK is SEVERE

The current threat from Northern Ireland–related terrorism: The threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism is set separately for Northern Ireland and Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). 

The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Northern Ireland is SEVERE

The current threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism in Britain is MODERATE

For more information on Threat Levels click here


David MacCrimmon

Counter Terror & Serious Organised Crime Lead 
Scottish Business Resilience Centre

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