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Cape businesses targeted by criminals

Three armed men entered a Woodstock business complex posing as security guards.

FILE:Table bay and the city of Cape Town viewed from the top of Table Mountain. Picture: Nic Bothma/EPA.

CAPE TOWN - A Cape Town businessman believes the recent hit on his business was a targeted heist.

Police confirmed that assailants made off with a laptop, cellphones and an undisclosed amount of cash.

It's understood three armed men entered the Woodstock business complex posing as security guards.

Conway Oliver says the robbers restrained him in his office before fleeing the scene.

"They were in and out. The incident started at 6:05 and by 6:18 they were gone. We are, to put it politely, sitting ducks in this building."

Earlier this month, burglars hit a high-end leather shop at the Old Biscuit Mill during early morning rush hour.

MALLS UNDER ATTACK

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

Officials said 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.

South African shopping malls have seen a sharp rise in attacks over the last three months, and this prompted authorities to come up with measures to halt the spread of these crimes.

Last week, officers arrested four men on the N2 who they believe were planning to carry out business robberies in the Mother City.

Authorities also foiled a robbery at the Pinelands Shopping Centre.

Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police last week heard the service is ready to clamp down on mall robberies as the festive season approaches.

Police told the committee it has teamed up with the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa, retailers, Business Against Crime South Africa and the private security industry to combat mall robberies across the country.