Nationally, the number of dog attacks on postal workers decreased by 2% in 2019-20, compared to the previous year.
2,445 attacks took place from April 2019 - April 2020. This equates to around 47 attacks every week in the country, with some leading to a permanent and disabling injury. Every dog attack on one of our people is one too many.
Through our Dog Awareness Week campaigns, Royal Mail Group has appealed to dog owners to take precautions when the post is delivered, to avoid conflict with dogs and our employees.
We have also featured cases of our postmen and women suffering bites to highlight the physical and mental impact of dog attacks on postmen and women.
Royal Mail knows that dogs are not inherently dangerous. But, even the most placid animal can be prone to attack if it feels it or its territory is being threatened.
Royal Mail is committed to ensuring the welfare and safety of our people, who provide a valuable service to our customers across the length and breadth of the UK and in every community.
We have developed some advice cards with the CWU for addresses where postmen think a dog might be present. It includes advice and information for customers to help keep you safe.