Mall attacks: 3 shops at Paarl Mall burgled

Three shops at the Paarl Mall were burgled while at CapeGate, robbers tried to steal money from an ATM.

Paarl Shopping Centre in Cape Town. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - At least three shops at Paarl Mall have been burgled.

Police say suspects gained access to the shopping centre before it opened early yesterday morning.

Among the shops looted was a cellphone outlet.

The police's Andre Traut says no one was injured.

"Suspects broke in and entered the shops from which electronic goods were taken. They are yet to be arrested."

Meanwhile in Brackenfell, police have confirmed an attempted robbery at CapeGate Shopping Center at the weekend.

Robbers attempted to steal cash from a Capitec Bank ATM at the mall, but failed.

Capitec's, Charl Nel, says there are security measures in place in the event of such robberies.

"We have a system where we run a drop safe and that means when money is received from a client we place it in that drop safe. A cash-in-transit company then takes responsibility for that money."

There's been a rash of mall robberies over the past few weeks in the Western Cape as well as Gauteng.

At the weekend criminals hit the Waterstone Village Shopping Centre in Somerset West.

A security guard who was collecting money from a supermarket was shot dead.

In Tabelview a man who was caught in the armed robbery at Bayside Mall says shopping centers should implement stronger security measures.

Donovan van Niekerk says he had to duck for cover when a gang of armed men hit a Pick 'n Pay last Friday.

He says he's too afraid to go shopping at malls after the attack

"The malls need to stop wasting the money on nonsense and start getting reaction crews. They need guys who are qualified and know how to use firearms. They know how to deal with situations like this, because malls are going to shut down. People are not going to want to go to there."

While in Gauteng three different malls were hit in less than 24 hours and scores others over the last few months.