Spike in pre-Christmas robberies leads police to issue a further warning to delivery drivers - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Spike in pre-Christmas robberies leads police to issue a further warning to delivery drivers

POLICE have issued a further warning to delivery drivers and postal workers in the run up to Christmas after a spike in robberies.

West Midlands Police are working with delivery companies to share crime prevention and safety messages and have increased patrols in areas where crimes have happened.

They say timely and accurate information increases their chances of finding those responsible and ultimately a successful prosecution.

Recent thefts have occurred where delivery drivers have left their car running while dropping a parcel off − and it has been stolen by opportunist thieves.

A police spokesperson said: “We understand the temptation to report this as a robbery – often for insurance purposes – however this diverts the focus of our investigation. It is also a criminal offence to provide false information and sadly we’re having to deal with several matters as perverting the course of justice.

“Just yesterday, we received a report where a driver reported the robbery of his van which he told us involved weapons and violence. Further enquires and witness reports suggest that the keys were left in the ignition and the thief simply drove off.”

Delivery drivers are asked to 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

For further advice go to: https://west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/delivery-drivers

Any suspicious behaviour can be reported via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight or by calling 101 anytime.

In an emergency always dial 999. To remain anonymous please contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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