Gauteng malls want more police patrols

Staff at Gauteng malls say they would feel safer with a heavier police presence.

FILE. The Maponya Mall in Soweto was one of the shopping malls hit by armed robbers. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Shopping centre employees say they would like to see more security at malls, to protect them from armed robbers.

At least 11 Gauteng shopping centres have been hit over the past month.

Eyewitness News visited three shopping malls on Monday following a promise by Provincial Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba to step-up security.

Mall employees say while efforts have been made to boost security at their respective centres, the only thing that will truly make them feel safe is having more police officers around on a daily basis.

One woman says, "It's not really enough because at the end of the day, what is the security guard going to do? Is he going to go call other guys?"

While another man says, "If police were here I would be better or if they have the security carry guns. At least that will make us feel comfortable."

Many of the robberies have seen electronic stores targeted by armed gangs, w ho held up staff and customers.

But the attacks appear to have had little impact on business, with customers shopping as usual.