Commercial Shopping mall robbery shocker – Sapa
Police promise action to curb one-a-day mall robberies.

Police will be given more firepower and more visibility after a spate of robberies at shopping malls, the Gauteng Department of Community Safety said on Wednesday.

"The SA Police Service has resolved to increase police visibility at the crime hotspots, including shopping malls. The SAPS has also promised to arm policemen and policewomen tasked with curbing business robberies with heavy calibre automatic weapons," the department said in a statement.

"This will help to match and outmatch the firepower of criminals."

Seven malls across Gauteng have been hit by heavily armed gangs.

The most recent incident was on Tuesday when a gang robbed security guards delivering cash to an ATM at the Trade Route Mall in Lenasia.

Two security guards were shot and wounded.

The department said the gangsters responsible for this attack were the likely culprits in others.

"Intelligence gathered around the recent heist at the Trade Route Mall, in Lenasia, shows that the band of crooks behind this heist has been involved in similar attacks previously.

"Members of the SAPS already have information about this group of approximately eight heavily armed crooks."

The department said police had been told to take no chances and should confront robbers with their firearms.

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