Cops identify high-risk shopping zones

Gauteng has been hit by at least 11 mall robberies in the last month.

FILE: An area cordoned off at Cresta shopping Mall after attempted robbery at Apple Store on 13 August, 2014. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police say they are in the process of identifying a number of shopping centres in the province which are considered high-risk zones for robberies.

The province has been hit by at least 11 mall robberies in the last month, which also include cash-in transit-heists.

Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says officers are collecting evidence, including video footage in all 11 cases, in order to track the criminals down.

He says they are working with Business Against Crime South Africa (Bacsa) and the South Africa Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) to stop the wave of robberies.

Police will be meeting with mall managers to establish ways to step-up security measures.

At the same time, police arrested five people during a raid in Brixton and Doornfontein following an investigation into robberies in the area.

The suspects, aged between 28 and 44, were arrested at their hide out.

Mothiba says authorities confiscated a 9mm pistol and three semi-automatic rifles as well as 97 rounds of ammunition.

"The suspects are in custody and will be charged with be charged with the illegal possession of firearms and ammunition."

Police will be meeting with mall managers to look at ways to increase security measures.