Staff members were held up at gunpoint at business premises in the Greyville and Seaview areas at the weekend, with the armed robbers fleeing with cash, cellphones and other valuables.
Blue Security community and media liaison officer Andreas Mathios said a gang of three armed robbers held up staff at a shop in Seaview just before 8am on Saturday. “Three armed suspects entered the store pretending to be customers before holding up the manager at gunpoint and forcing him to open the till. The suspects robbed him of cash, a DVR system and other valuables and fled the scene,” he said.
In a second incident at a business premises in Greyville a gang of five suspects held up staff at around 12.10pm on Saturday. “Five suspects, one of them armed with a firearm, robbed staff of cash and cellphones as well as other goods and equipment from the business premises. The suspects fled the scene in a white Toyota Quantum. No injuries were reported,” Mathios said.
Mathios advised business owners to be vigilant as armed robbers had targeted businesses in several incidents in recent weeks. “Business owners and managers are advised to be alert especially during opening and closing times and to avoid keeping large sums of cash on the premises,” he said.
“If you do not already have CCTV surveillance cameras located in your parking area, at the entrance to your premises, it’s advisable to consider installing cameras which help to serve as a deterrent against crime. Camera footage also provides the police and security firms with valuable intelligence to assist with investigations. We have experienced many cases where footage from cameras has assisted the police to identify suspects, leading to their arrest,” he said.
Mathios added that business owners should also regularly brief staff and managers regarding security procedures to ensure that they are constantly reminded of what to do in an emergency.