Mall robberies: Police making progress

The police say the majority of electronic items stolen at local malls are being traced to Nigeria.

Waterstone Village Centre was robbed on 19 October 2014. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Police say a special task team has been set up to deal with mall robberies on a national basis.

Several stores across the Western Cape and Gauteng have been hit by robbers this year, and cellphone and jewellery shops were targeted in most incidents.

In the latest robbery this weekend, a security guard was shot and killed at Waterstone Village Centre in Somerset West.

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says trends show the majority of electronic items stolen at local malls are being traced to Nigeria.

Makgale adds about 99 percent of incidents are inside jobs.

"We'll be meeting in Gauteng where we will share CCTV footage because we suspect the same gangs that are operating in Gauteng could be operating in the Western Cape."

Makgale adds police nyalas have been deployed to high-risk malls as one of many preventative measures.

"We've deployed officers and we've spoken to the mall owners to see how we can help them in increasing security."