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February 24, 2022

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The Video Surveillance Report 2022

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RaySecur releases 2021 mail threat report

Security imaging company, RaySecur has released its annual mail threat report, providing a comprehensive view of mail threats by aggregating official U.S. Government data and cataloguing incidents reported in the mass media over the past year to highlight the danger of mail threats.  

MailScreen-19The 2021 report data reflects the ongoing global discord and conflicts that have resulted from COVID lockdowns, vaccination mandates, and other societal stressors.

According to RaySecur, in 2021, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) analysed 263,000 pieces of suspicious mail and investigated more than 6,300 mail threat incidents.

Allegedly, this is because security executives often lack access to complete mail threat data to help them understand the probability and impact of potential threats, which limits or negates the implementation of security strategies to mitigate these risks.

Key findings from the report include:

  • 59% of suspicious mail threats triggered an emergency response including the police, FBI USPIS, Hazmat, and others, as well as causing disruption and/or harm to the recipient
  • 89% of responded to mail threats were delivered via curb side dropbox and therefore without chain of custody tracking
  • 57% of the letter threats contained white-powder substances or illegal drugs
  • The top 5 most targeted states in the U.S. were New York (10%), Texas (9%), Pennsylvania (7%), Georgia (7%), Alabama (7%)
  • 64% of international mail threats occurred in Western Europe or Asia.

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