Calls to look out for delivery drivers during busy online shopping period

Calls to look out for delivery drivers during busy online shopping period

It’s Black Friday weekend and Christmas shopping is well and truly under way for many people.

There’s always a huge rise in online sales and deliveries at this time of year. But for those making those important deliveries, it may also mean a rise in attacks.

Police are working with courier companies, food delivery services and supermarkets to raise awareness, gather intelligence and identify areas where attacks happen.

The information helps us to plan our patrols with precision, ensuring that police deter, prevent and identify criminal behaviour.

Police are working with delivery companies to share crime prevention and safety messages to drivers so that officers can all receive the parcels police have ordered.

Police also need your help. If you are a victim or witness a crime it’s really important that officers receive accurate information about what happened as quickly as possible. This increases our chances of finding and arresting the offenders.

Please be vigilant, report any suspicious behaviour. If you’re a delivery driver please take a moment to consider the following advice:

• Don’t leave engines running or vehicles unlocked
• Never leave the keys in the vehicle
• Secure your vehicle every time, no matter how short your stop will be
• Be aware of your surroundings
• Put your own safety first