Royal Mail reveals Bromley dog attacks have more than doubled in past year
PUBLISHED: 11:11 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:18 03 July 2017
Nearly 2,500 attacks happened across the country last year
Dog owners are being warned to keep control of their dogs as the number of postal workers attacked in the past year more than doubled across the borough.
Royal Mail has revealed a 125 per cent increase in attacks, as figures rose from four across the BR postcodes between 2015 and 2016, to nine over 2016 and 2017.
The postal company has warned “every dog attack is one attack too many”, adding; “even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels its territory is being threatened.”
With the summer holidays fast-approaching, Royal Mail has revealed the number of attacks goes up around the time of school holidays, despite more people being at home to control their dogs.
On average, 71 per cent of attacks on workers happen at the front door or front garden.
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.
“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.”