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Royal Mail has introduced there have been 1,673 canine assaults reported on its employees final 12 months, a mean of 32 assaults each week throughout the UK, with some resulting in everlasting and disabling accidents.

Swansea’s SA postcode ranked joint fourth general within the UK with 37 canine assaults on Royal Mail’s supply employees up to now 12 months.

Royal Mail is interesting to canine house owners to make sure they perceive the often-devastating influence of canine assaults on postmen and postwomen and take correct measures to make sure their pets pose no menace to postal employees by accountable canine possession.

Sheffield was town that had probably the most incidents reported in the course of the 12 months to 31 March 2022, with 51 postmen or girls struggling canine assaults, carefully adopted by Belfast, with 50 assaults. Tunbridge Wells was in third place with 44 assaults on Royal Mail colleagues.

The overall variety of assaults represents a 1% drop throughout 2021/22. That is the second 12 months operating Royal Mail has reported a discount in canine assaults on its employees (final 12 months noticed a 31% decline), thought once more to be attributed by the transfer to contact free deliveries in the course of the pandemic. The corporate’s pre-pandemic supply strategies have been reinstated in April of this 12 months, after the tip of the reporting interval.

As in earlier years, the vast majority of canine assaults, 654 (39%), occurred on the entrance door. An extra 498 (30%) of canine assaults occurred within the backyard, driveway or yard. 134 (8%) of assaults occurred on the street or highway.

There have been 387 accidents suffered by the letterbox – accounting for 23% of assaults on postal employees. Letterbox assaults have been the topic of a 2020 Excessive Court docket ruling that said canine house owners (or these in care of a canine) could be prosecuted if their pets have free entry to the letterbox and trigger harm to any supply operative, whether or not the proprietor is at dwelling or not. In Might 2017, a Royal Mail postman misplaced the tip of his finger whereas delivering to a buyer’s tackle. In October 2021 the canine proprietor was sentenced to a 12-month neighborhood order, 150 hours of unpaid work, £1000 in prices to Royal Mail, a sufferer surcharge of £85, and a suspended destruction order was positioned on the canine.

Canine assaults on Royal Mail colleagues resulted in additional than 1712 days of absence in 2021/22 with the longest interval of absence being 238 days. Royal Mail is aware of that canines aren’t inherently harmful, however, even probably the most placid animal could be vulnerable to assault if it feels both it or its territory is being threatened.  Royal Mail is dedicated to making sure the welfare and security of our individuals who present a helpful service to our prospects throughout the size and breadth of the UK and in each neighborhood.

For Royal Mail’s devoted parcel routes, the hand-held gadgets utilized by supply drivers now have a characteristic that alerts the consumer {that a} canine is current on the property – that is proven by a canine image registered on the tackle. The alert system is being deployed throughout gadgets utilized by all Royal Mail posties over the approaching months.

The highest 10 postcode areas for canine assaults:

The S (Sheffield) postcode space had most incidents reported in the course of the 12 months, with 51 postmen or postwomen struggling canine assaults. This determine is down from 55 in 2020/21– a lower of seven%. The S postcode space has appeared in each one of many High 10 lists for canine assaults on Royal Mail postal employees for the reason that inaugural Canine Consciousness Week in 2013.

The BT (Belfast) postcode space positioned second this 12 months with 50 assaults. Regardless of a 35% drop in assaults final 12 months, 2022 sees a 2% enhance. The BT postcode space is one other area that has appeared in each High 10 checklist since Royal Mail started releasing figures on yearly assaults. It has topped the checklist for assaults 4 occasions.  

The TN (Tunbridge Wells) postcode space, with 44 assaults on Royal Mail employees, is in third place. This represents a 13% enhance in assaults from the earlier 12 months, that noticed 39 canine assaults and positioned the realm in sixth place general for assaults. The TN postcode space has featured within the High 10 checklist for canine assaults for eight consecutive years.

The BN (Brighton), NG (Nottingham) and SA (Swansea) postcode areas are in joint fourth spot with 37 canine assaults on Royal Mail’s supply employees. That is the sixth consecutive 12 months that the BN postcode has positioned within the prime 10 checklist for canine assaults on postal employees.

That is the second consecutive 12 months that the NG postcode space has appeared within the prime 10. That is the primary time the SA postcode space has featured within the prime 10 checklist for canine assaults. The world has seen a three-fold enhance in incidents in comparison with the 12 assaults it recorded final 12 months.

In joint seventh spot are the NE (Newcastle) and OX (Oxford) postcode areas with 35 assaults. That is the primary time since 2015/2016 that the NE postcode has appeared within the prime 10 and the primary time the OX postcode has appeared since Royal Mail started revealing canine assault figures in 2013.

The PO (Portsmouth) postcode space is in ninth place with 34 canine assaults. That is the fifth consecutive 12 months the PO postcode are has featured within the prime 10.

In tenth place is the EX (Exeter) postcode space with 32 stories of assaults on Royal Mail employees. The EX postcode space final appeared within the prime 10 in 2019/2020, when it took fifth spot.

Elevating Consciousness:

Philip Graham, Royal Mail Interim Director of Security, Well being, Wellbeing & Sustainability stated: “We’re happy to see a slight lower in canine assaults on our workforce this previous 12 months. Nevertheless, as we start to return to pre-pandemic supply procedures, we need to ask our prospects to proceed to concentrate on the place their pets are when the postman delivers their mail.

“We all know the variety of assaults rises in the course of the college holidays and in the summertime months when dad and mom and youngsters are at dwelling and canines are typically allowed unsupervised within the backyard or out onto the streets with out restraints – so whereas we would like our prospects to take pleasure in being outdoors with their pets, we additionally need to ask them to think about the hazard unsupervised canines pose to our colleagues.”

Dave Joyce, Nationwide Well being & Security Officer, Communication Employees’ Union, stated: “Canine assaults stay a serious security hazard and concern for postmen and ladies throughout the UK and the size of the issue shouldn’t be underestimated.

“I’ve written to the DEFRA Secretary of State George Eustice calling for a gathering to  focus on what extra the federal government and police can do to toughen up the canine management legal guidelines  – such is my concern.

“The important thing goals of Canine Consciousness Week are to primarily remind the general public to concentrate on  their authorized and ethical tasks to manage their pets and stop canine assaults on postal employees – and secondly is a message to our Postmen and Ladies to be vigilant, preserve protected and take no dangers.”

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