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Thieves hit Old Biscuit Mill

Yet another popular shopping hub has fallen prey to criminals.

The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Picture: Facebook.com

CAPE TOWN - Yet another popular city shopping hub has fallen prey to criminals.

Burglars hit a high end leather shop at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock during the early hours of Friday morning.

Owner of the shop, Kat Van Duinen, says thieves made off with expensive products.

"The robbers only took exotic high end leather goods. Some came off the runway from the Fashion Week and others took months to design and manufacture."

Since last Friday a number of shopping malls, including Capegate Mall, have been targeted by criminals.

SECURITY TIGHTENED

The Western Cape government is taking steps to ensure security is beefed up ahead of a bumper festive season expected to hit the Mother City this summer.

Officials say they are prepared in any eventuality, despite the wave of criminal activity felt in the province in recent weeks.

The tourism sector has long bolstered the local economy with several thousand visitors flocking to its shores.

Western Cape Economic Opportunites MEC Alan Winde said crime should not hinder the success of the tourist season.

"Crime exists and we need to deal with it as decisively as possible so that it doesn't have an effect and we need to make sure security systems, police and security companies at malls as well as any other region are prepared for these criminal elements."