Police are urging couriers to lock their vans and cars after a driver suffered cuts and bruises after he grabbed the door handle on the passenger side of his car in Woodcross, Wolverhampton, to prevent it being stolen and was dragged along before having to let go on November 6.
And in Sheldon, Birmingham, another driver suffered a broken finger and a sprained ankle as she tried to stop a thief who jumped in her delivery van on November 5.
The 30-year-old woman tried to open the door, but was hit by the van as it sped off, throwing her to the floor.
West Midlands Police is warning couriers as with Christmas just over a month away, it is a particularly busy time for people who work around the clock to get parcels delivered, particularly this year during the Covid lockdown as more people shop online.
This month in Walsall and Wolverhampton alone the force has received reports of 10 delivery vehicle thefts in just 10 days, so they are reminding delivery drivers not to leave engines running and to remove keys and secure vehicles every single time they’re left unattended. This applies to courier company employees and also self-employed couriers.
And, if you are targeted, do not tackle the offenders, consider your own safety first, the force says.
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 contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.