ISS reveals shocking increase in mall robberies

The institute says there’s been a 142% increase in mall robberies over the past three years nationally.

The institute says there’s been a 142% increase in mall robberies over the past three years nationally. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says there's been 142 percent increase in mall robberies over the past three years nationally.

In the latest incident in Cape Town, criminals robbed a store at the High Constantia Shopping Centre early on Tuesday morning.

It's one of several robberies at city malls in recent weeks.

Last week Canal Walk Shopping Centre was hit twice.

The institute's Johan Burger says while there are enough police officers on the streets, their priority areas need to change.

"One policeman for every 346 citizens, if the international or the United Nations guide is about 1 to 400. So in terms of our police public ratio we are not that bad."