POSTIES and delivery drivers in Kelmscott, Bassendean and surrounding suburbs are among those who faced the most dog incidents in WA last year.
Australia Post, which has about 1100 posties and delivery drivers in WA, recorded 40 reported incidents out of 281 incidents nationwide.
A spokesperson said Kelmscott had eight incidents while Bassendean had five including surrounding suburbs.
Australia Post eCommerce delivery group executive Peter Bass said pet owners needed to help protect posties and drivers by safely securing their dogs in their homes.
“We deliver to all corners of the country and with the rise in online shopping, which grew 15 per cent last year, we’re delivering more parcels to customers’ front doors than ever before,” he said.
“This means our people are increasingly encountering dogs on their daily rounds,” Mr Bass said.
“We know that any breed of dog can have strong protective instincts to look after their territory or loved ones, and this means any dog can be a safety concern if they’re not secured properly.
“Despite the number of reported incidents increasing, we’ve seen a reduction in the number of injuries to our people, because they are recognising the warning signs.”
Mr Bass said employees needed the community’s help.
“Residents may think their dog wouldn’t hurt anyone, but our people don’t know that and might be concerned about approaching an unrestrained dog,” he said.
“By reporting more incidents our people are keeping each other safe and warning each other of the potential hazards.”
For more information, visit: www.auspost.com.au/dogsafety.
Top suburbs in WA
– Kelmscott (including surrounding suburbs): eight incidents
– Bassendean: five
– Malaga: three
– Nedlands: three
– Gwelup: three