Delivery drivers we salute you. In this lockdown delivery drivers are getting food, medicines and other goods to people, helping to keep them safe at home.
Sadly though delivery drivers are becoming a target for thieves. We are currently seeing drivers attacked for the goods they are carrying, any cash they might be collecting on food orders or the vehicles they are driving.
What we are doing?
|We are working with the big delivery companies like Royal Mail, Amazon, Just Eat, Uber Eats and the big supermarkets to help stop attacks. However with so many new drivers starting work recently it’s impossible to contact everyone|
|What can you do?|
Do you know someone working as a delivery driver? If so please pass on this safety advice to them:
These top tips should help them keep safe while they are working:be aware of vehicles following you and where you are.if something does not look or feel right, do not make the delivery. Stay in your vehicle and report any suspicious activity to us or your employer.do not leave your engine running or keys in the ignition when making a delivery. Make sure you remove your keys and lock your doors.be aware of anyone acting suspiciously when you’re in any delivery area. think abut fitting an approved vehicle tracker and install a dashcam.if you’re delivering take away food, can the take away or restaurant take payment in advance.If you feel there’s a threat to your life, or someone else’s life, call 999 immediately. If you feel you cannot stay where you are, call us and get to a place of safety.
If you want to report any concerns about delivery driver attacks in your area or tell us something you think we need to know – you can Live Chat us via the website www.west-midlands.police.uk or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Thank you for your help in keeping this vital community of drivers on the road and keeping them safe as they help others.
|Message Sent By|
Anthony Wilkes (Police, Engagement & Consultation Officer, Partnerships Lloyd House)