Consumer Goods Council to meet police over business crime

Several businesses have recently come under attack with some experts blaming the police.

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 - The Consumer Goods Council says it will hold a meeting with police and the South African Council of Shopping Centres to discuss a comprehensive plan to combat crime.

Several businesses have recently come under attack with crime experts pointing to a lack of Crime Intelligence in the police service.

Meanwhile, the search continues for at least four men who fled the scene of a robbery at a supermarket in Naledi after two accomplices were arrested.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says police need to pre-empt the movement of criminal gangs in order to foil attacks on shopping centres.

Officers waited for a group of armed men at the underground parking area at the Clearwater Mall on Wednesday and moved in when the men targeted a courier vehicle transporting cellphones.

Two suspects were shot dead, two others were wounded and two more were arrested.

The institute's Gareth Newham says is the kind of intelligence work police needed more often.

"To make sure that they were at the right place, so that when these gangs are about to strike they are actually arrest them and intercept them, so that these planned attacks on shopping malls don't go ahead."

At the same time the consumer goods council is preparing to present a comprehensive plan to police next week to try to curb robberies at shopping centres during the festive season.

Meanwhile, the ISS says shopping mall robberies have tripled in the last two years, forcing police to use crime intelligence to identify the gangs behind these heists.

The ISS says the latest foiled mall robberies in Gauteng show police are starting to use Crime Intelligence effectively.