RM/CWU National Dog Awareness Week, 4 – 10 July 2022 – RMG Dog Attack Statistics by Postcode and by Delivery Office:
The top 10 postcode areas for dog attacks 2021/22 Summary:
The S (Sheffield) postcode area had the most incidents of reported dog attacks during the year, with 51 postmen/postwomen suffering dog attacks. This is a similar number to last year – 55 in 2020/21. The S postcode area has appeared in every one of the Top 10 Lists for dog attacks on postal workers since the inaugural Dog Awareness Week in 2013. There have been 557 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
The BT (Belfast- Northern Ireland)postcode area placed second this year with 50 attacks. The BT postcode area is another area that has appeared in every Top 10 List since Royal Mail began releasing Dog Awareness Week figures on yearly attacks in 2013/14. It has topped the list for attacks four times. 567 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
The TN (Tunbridge Wells) postcode area, with 44 attacks on postal workers, again made the top 10 in third place. The TN area recorded 39 dog attacks last year and placed sixth. The TN postcode area has featured in the Top 10 List for dog attacks for eight consecutive years. 453 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
The BN (Brighton), NG (Nottingham) and SA (Swansea) postcode areas are in joint fourth spot this year with 37 dog attacks in each area on postal workers. This is the sixth consecutive year that the BN postcode has placed in the Top 10 List for dog attacks on postal staff. It’s the second consecutive year that the NG postcode area has appeared in the Top 10 and the SA postcode makes the Top 10 List for dog attacks for the first time. The SA area saw the number of dog attacks treble this last year. 456 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
The NE (Newcastle) and OX (Oxford) postcode areas are joint seventh place with 35 attacks. This is the first time since 2015/2016 that the NE postcode has appeared in the Top 10 and the first time the OX postcode has appeared in the Top 10 since Dog Awareness Week began and national stats were released in 2013. NE – 347 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14. OX – 264 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
The PO (Portsmouth) postcode area is in ninth place with 34 dog attacks. This is the fifth consecutive year the PO postcode are has featured in the Top 10. 406 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
In 10th place is the EX (Exeter)postcode area with 32 reports of attacks on Royal Mail staff. The EX postcode area last appeared in the Top 10 in 2019/2020, when it took fifth spot. 306 recorded dog attacks since 2013/14.
Highest Number of attacks by postcode area – Top 60 – All areas in double figures:PositionPOSTCODE
No. of attacks1. S512. BT503. TN444. BN375. NG376. SA377. NE358. OX359. PO3410. EX3211. PL3112. SN3013. GU2914. BS2715. DE2816. DN2617. GL2618. CM2419. CF2320. CO2321. ME2122. CT2123. NN2124. RG2125. NP2026. LS2027. LE2028. RH1929. IP1930. PE1831. G1832. CH1833. ST1834. EH1635. SY1536. SO1537. IV1538. HU1539. LN1540. TS1541. SG1442. CV1443. CB1444. LL1445. FK1346. KT1347. WF1348. SS1249. SE1250. KA1251. CW1252. DA1153. DD1154. LA1155. TR1156. YO1157. CA1058. L1059. PA1060. PH1061. TQ10
Find attached a full excel spreadsheet list of all delivery offices and all postcode areas with recorded dog attacks by unit and by postcode area.
IMPORTANT: The CWU HQ Health Safety & Environment Department estimates that around a thousand dog attacks go unreported each year, mostly minor attacks. Dog attacks are a criminal offence in public places and on private property. The CWU fought for and won the battle to make this the law in the UK through our ‘Bite-Back’ Campaign. Please give full support to Dog Awareness Week. Please ensure that all dog attacks are reported to the manager, and to the Police (obtaining a crime number) and to the Royal Mail Security Helpdesk – This is the only way to help stop future dog attacks happening.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer