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20th January 2019

Attacks by dogs on postal workers up in IP area


In the IP postcode around 29 postmen and women were attacked by dogs from April 2017 to April 2018, up 7% on the previous year, this is despite the fact that attacks across the UK have fallen by 8%.

The overall UK reduction in attacks is encouraging but the number is still too high and every dog attack is one attack too many, On average there are still 44 attacks taking place each week, in the UK some leading to a permanent and disabling injury. To raise further awareness, Royal Mail’s sixth annual Dog Awareness Week launches today and runs until 30 June. It aims to encourage responsible dog ownership and give tips to customers.
Royal Mail is appealing to dog owners in IP postcode area to ensure they understand the impact of dog attacks on postmen and women who are only doing their job.

In the last year, 82% of attacks on postal workers happened at the front door or in the front garden
Royal Mail knows that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened

Royal Mail’s Dog Awareness Week is supported by the Communications Workers Union and a wide range of organisations and animal charities including Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, Dogs Trust, the National Police Chief’s Council and the National Dog Wardens Association
A special Dog Awareness Week postmark will be applied to all stamped items from Monday 2th5 June until June 30th.

2,275 dog attacks have taken place on postmen and women across the UK in 2017/18, meaning there are over 44 attacks every week in the UK, some leading to a permanent and disabling injury.

As Royal Mail launches its sixth successive Dog Awareness week, it is appealing to dog owners to ensure they understand the impact of dog attacks on postmen and women who are only doing their job.

Dr Shaun Davis, Royal Mail Group Global Director of Safety, Health, Wellbeing & Sustainability said: “One attack is still one attack too many. Our research continues to show that attacks happen most often in the summer, so we are continuing our campaign to appeal to customers to help us cut attacks across the UK.

“I am pleased that the overall dog attacks numbers continue to fall, but I am still very concerned that in some postcodes attacks are on the increase. I am appealing to dog owners to think twice when the postman calls. Royal Mail knows that most dogs are not inherently dangerous, however, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.

“Dog attacks have a devastating effect on our people and on our customers and we hope we can make a further impact in these areas. We will also be rolling out new interactive training for our people in the hotspot areas to try and help us to do that. But people should remember that 82 per cent of attacks happen at the front door or in the garden so this is not just a Royal Mail issue, many other delivery, and utility companies and local authorities face the same problem.”

“We are appealing to all customers who are dog owners to work with us and think TWICE when the postman calls. Put the dog away in secure room before opening the door to collect and sign for your delivery. The vast majority of our customers and their dogs aren’t a problem but irresponsible and reckless dog owners are. Customers are always pleased to see the postman or postwoman arrive as they’re eager to take delivery of the goods they’ve ordered but thousands of them unfortunately don’t give a second thought to the postal worker’s safety by putting the dog in a safe, secure place. There are tough court penalties and a criminal record for irresponsible dog owners including prison and unlimited fines so it’s in their best interest in more ways than one to make sure the dog doesn’t bite the postman or woman.”

In the last year, 82% of dog attacks on postal workers have happened at the front door or in the front garden. At these times, dogs are more likely to be unsupervised in the garden or the dog is not kept under control when the postman or woman knocks on the door.

To help promote dog safety, a special Dog Awareness Week postmark will be applied to all stamped items from Monday 25 June to Saturday 30 June.

Dog attacks on Royal Mail staff can be reduced by the keepers of dogs simply acting responsibly to ensure that their dogs do not present a risk when the post is being delivered. This can be as simple as:

•Keeping dogs away from the letterbox

•Not opening the front door with your dog not under close control

•Not allowing dogs to roam around the garden

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