Australia Post is asking pet owners to help keep posties and delivery drivers safe by securing dogs on their property.
It comes after there were 281 reported dog incidents across the country last financial year, a significant increase on previous years.
According to data released by Australia Post, NSW and the ACT experienced 97 reported incidents – with Tweed Heads and surrounding suburbs among those with the greatest number of incidents.
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Queensland came in a close second with 85 reported dog incidents.
Australia Post Group Executive, eCommerce Delivery Peter Bass said an increase in online shopping means more delivery drivers are being required to enter properties.
“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. 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.”
Australia Post said all their posties are provided with dog safety training, however urged residents to also play their part to keep delivery drivers safe.
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