Bayside Mall in Cape Town robbed

Armed robbers stormed the Vodacom store at the Bayside Mall in Table View this morning.

Bayside Shopping Mall, Table View Cape Town. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - The Bayside Mall in Table View has become the latest target for armed robbers.

A Vodacom shop at the mall was robbed this morning when armed men stormed the store.

At the same time, there was yet another robbery at the Canal Walk Shopping Centre on Thursday night.

While details remain sketchy at this stage, it's understood robbers targeted a shop just before closing time.

This very same shopping centre fell prey to criminals last week in two separate robberies.

A Canal Walk shop assistant says customers are voicing their safety concerns after last week's robberies.

Eyewitness News visited the shopping centre on Thursday to try and gauge if security measures had been sharpened following the heists.

At least seven malls have been hit by criminals in Cape Town in recent weeks.

The shop assistant says despite the presence of several patrolling security guards and increased security, they're still worried.

"I don't feel safe or more secure. I think anything can happen at any given time and there's nothing to stop these people from doing it again."

He believes the robberies are impacting on sales.

Other retailers have told Eyewitness News they believe more needs to be done to boost safety and security in malls.

Management at Canal Walk Shopping Centre has handed over CCTV footage to help police investigate the latest heist.

Meanwhile in Gauteng, five people have been arrested after a robbery at the Centurion Shopping Mall this morning.

Police spokesperson Doniah Mothutsane says, "Right now I cannot confirm if it's Vodacom. For now we have arrested five suspects. Three firearms and two bags full of cellphones were recovered following an armed robbery at Centurion Mall."

Last month Gauteng police announced they would prioritise the safety of shoppers through increased security at high-risk malls.