CAPE TOWN – Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) says there’s been a noticeable increase in robberies at Western Cape shopping malls.
Armed robbers have targeted the Somerset, Blue Route and Zevenwacht shopping malls in recent weeks.
Bacsa says there’s been a definite spike in robberies at some of Cape Town’s most popular shopping malls over the last two months.
The organisation adds jewellery stores appear to be the main targets. Cellphone stores are also being hit.
Bacsa chief executive Andrew Anthony says this is cause for serious concern.
Anthony believes the upsurge in robberies is bad for business, especially as the festive season draws closer.
Meanwhile, yet another Western Cape jewellery store has been hit by criminals, this time in Franschhoek.
A gang of men targeted the store yesterday.
The police’s Andre Traut says, “Five armed men perpetrated an armed robbery at a jewellery store on the main road in Franschhoek. After holding staff at gunpoint, they fled the scene with an undisclosed number of jewellery pieces. The suspects are yet to be arrested.”
A jewellery store was also robbed at Somerset Mall two weeks ago and a man was robbed of jewellery at a parking lot at the V&A Waterfront earlier this week.
At the same time, at least 11 Gauteng shopping centres have been hit by robbers in recent weeks.
Many of the robberies have seen electronic stores targeted by armed gangs.