Police issue advice to delivery drivers - The Solihull Observer

Police issue advice to delivery drivers

Solihull Editorial 13th Oct, 2023   0

AS THE dark nights begin to draw in, West Midlands Police is urging delivery drivers to stay safe when working across the region.

The force says there has been an increase in drivers being targeted, and in some cases they have been threatened or assaulted for their vehicles and belongings.

It added that two people have been arrested on suspicion of nine counts of robbery and attempted robbery recently.

The force says it is working with local takeaways, franchises, and supermarkets to help keep their delivery drivers safe.

It has offered the following advice:

• Never leave your car unlocked even for a quick delivery drop.

• Shut all car doors and windows and lock up.

• Double click your fob and check the handle twice to make sure your car is secure.

• Listen for the locking noise and watch for the lights to flash or mirrors to fold.

• Delivering orders requires speed and can be demanding on workers. In a rush, you may forget to lock your car or you might pull up on the curb thinking it’s safe.

• Call the person who ordered the food to make sure they are there to greet you at the door and you are not left waiting in the dark.

• Don’t be careless and take time to find a well-lit and safe place to park. This might be under a lamppost, near CCTV, or in a car parking space in the residential area

• Thieves will take the opportunity to steal your car if they see the keys in the ignition.

• Keep your phone, keys and other valuables in your pockets out of sight.

• Use a delivery bag or carrier to keep your hands free and to carry the order safely

• Your safety comes first. Before stepping out of your car, check the details on your phone and then put this away.

•  Look at your surroundings – is there a safe, well-lit route to the front door?

• Wearing a high-vis vest or reflective coat can help other motorists see you at night.

• Share your location on WhatsApp or ‘Find My Friends’ with your employer or family member

• If a stranger approaches your car, never roll down the window fully and lock your car from the inside.

Call 101 to report a crime, and always call 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report a crime anonymously.

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