Strategic plan to deal with spate of mall robberies

Nineteen suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of mall robberies.

FILE: Waterstone Village Mall in Somerset West is among the malls targeted by robbers. Picture: Waterstonevillage.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police has heard the service is ready to clamp down on mall robberies as the festive season approaches.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) today briefed the committee on strategic plans to deal with the recent spate of armed robberies at shopping centres.

The SAPS told the committee it has teamed up with the CGCSA, retailers, Business Against Crime South Africa (BACSA) and the private security industry to combat mall robberies across the country.

Mobile phone stores have been hardest hit by the recent surge in armed robberies.

Major-General Susan Pienaar says 19 suspects have been arrested in connection with the recent spate of mall robberies.

Police have also called on the public not to buy stolen goods.

Last week, National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega announced no officers will be granted leave during over the festive season in an effort to combat crime over the period.

Phiyega said she wants to ensure there are sufficient officers on the ground across the country.