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Police warn business owners to be more vigilant

Two business robberies took place yesterday. One at Clearwater Mall & the other at Shoprite in Soweto.

FILE. A man was shot and wounded in an alleged robbery at the Menlyn Mall in Pretoria on 31 August 2015. Picture: @Netcare911_SA.

JOHANNESBURG - Police have called on business owners to be vigilant and ensure that their premises are secure as the festive season approaches.

This follows two separate robberies on Tuesday, at Clearwater Mall and a Shoprite store in Naledi, Soweto.

Two suspects were arrested and four more are on the run after they robbed the Shoprite, while two men were killed, two were wounded and two others were arrested at following a shootout between police and suspects at Clearwater Mall.

At the same time three men, who were believed to be on their way to commit a robbery were wounded while four others were arrested after a high speed chase on the N12 Highway Jet Park Road.

The police's Mpande Khosa says security cameras are vital as suspects can be identified.

"Be vigilant in terms of their security and make sure that their equipment, especially their security cameras, are working so that if something happens, it can assist in the investigation."

On Tuesday, Gauteng police said they waited at the Clearwater Mall to prevent the robbery after observing groups operating in other malls in the province.

Khosa says businesses are easy targets.

"We just want to alert business, as you know we're moving toward the festive season. Criminals will be gearing up to make money for Christmas."

He says anyone with information on the suspects still on the run must come forward.