Royal Mail reveals dogs are increasingly attacking postmen in Bexley
PUBLISHED: 11:46 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:46 03 July 2017
The figure bucks a national decline in attacks
Dog owners are being warned to keep control of their dogs after the borough saw a rise in the number of postal workers attacked in the past year.
Royal Mail has revealed a 50 per cent increase in attacks, as figures rose from eight across the DA postcodes between 2015 and 2016, to 12 over 2016 and 2017.
The SE postcodes, which cover parts of Sidcup, Belvedere and Thamesmead, saw figures remain the same on last year at 15, having dropped from 22 across 2014 and 2015.
Both figures buck the national trend of a decrease in attacks, but the postal company has warned “every dog attack is one attack too many”, warning; “even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.”
Global director of safety, health, wellbeing and sustainability at Royal Mail, Dr Shaun Davis, said: “There have been around 14,500 attacks on our postmen and women over the last five years, with over 2,400 this year alone.
“Some of these attacks have led to extremely serious and life changing injuries and this is unacceptable.
“While the number of dog attacks on postmen and women has fallen in the last year, the numbers are still far too high. Our postmen and women need to be able to deliver the service they provide to communities across the UK, without the risk of injury. This is why this campaign is so important. We need to keep raising awareness of this serious issue and ask all dog owners to keep their pets under control and be a responsible dog owner.”
As part of the company’s annual Dog Awareness Week, charity Dogs Trust has teamed up to help owners control their pups.
“Teaching dogs how to settle in a home environment and not be worried by the arrival of the postman is such an important day-to-day skill,” said canine behaviour and research director Dr Rachel Casey.
She added: “Teaching dogs to be relaxed when the post arrives makes a world of difference to yours and the postperson’s day. It also takes relatively little time to teach, especially when introduced early in life. Where dogs are reactive it is important to put in place simple safety measures, such as keeping them away from the door when the post arrives.”