ALMOST 2,500 DOG ATTACKS ON POSTAL WORKERS IN THE LAST YEAR
DESPITE SLIGHT DIP, ATTACKS STILL AVERAGING 47 PER WEEK
Top Tips for Dog Owners
Even the most lovable dog can be a danger to postal staff. Dogs are territorial by nature and if they feel they need to protect their family, they can become unpredictable.
Here are some ideas to help your courier deliver your items in safety:
• Ensure your dog is out of the way before the postman or woman arrives. Place your pet in the back garden or a faraway room.
• If you have a back garden, please close off the access, in case your dog could get around to the front when the courier calls.
• Dog attacks can happen when you’ve opened the door to sign for an item. Please keep your dog in another room before answering the door and make sure children don’t open the door, as dogs can push by them and attack.
• Give your dog some food or a toy to occupy them while your item is being delivered
• Wait 10 minutes after your mail has arrived to let your pet back into your hallway. Keep everything as calm and low-key as possible.
• If your dog likes to attack your mail, consider installing a wire letter receptacle. It will protect your post,parcels and your postman’s or postwoman’s fingers
• If it’s not practical for you to keep your dog away from a courier delivering your items, please consider fitting a secure mailbox on the edge of your property.
• Please ensure your dog is microchipped, wearing a collar and tag, and that your contact details on the tag and microchip are up to date.
Following the changes to the Dangerous Dog Act in England and Wales that came into force in May 2014, courier firms have commenced over 20 private prosecutions against dog owners where the police have failed to take the appropriate action. This has punished offenders, further raised awareness, which in turn will prevent further attacks by forcing owners to put in place control measures to ensure a dog does not attack again.