VodafoneZiggo and KPN are removing smartphones from their stores in the Amsterdam region due to a series of robberies.

"This measure applies to branches with an increased risk of robbery," said a VodafoneZiggo spokesperson.

The telecom provider does not want to say whether telephones will also be obtained from branches outside Amsterdam.

Earlier in the day, a branch of VodafoneZiggo on the Bijlmerplein in Amsterdam was still the target of an armed robbery.

Police are looking for three men who wore black clothing and face masks during the robbery.

After the robbery, they fled on two scooters.

A KPN spokesperson confirms after reporting by

Het Parool

that it is temporarily closing its shop on Bijlmerplein, which has been the target of several robberies in recent times.

"This is how we want to protect our employees, their safety comes first. The impact of a robbery is very large. We hope it is a temporary measure," says a spokesperson.

According to KPN, customers can still visit the other shops of the telecom provider in the Amsterdam region.

"People can still come by for advice or to use demonstration devices. Customers can't immediately walk out with a new phone," said the spokesperson.

Another visible measure that is being taken is the establishment of a door policy that is also applied to jewelers.

The door is then locked and a customer has to ring the bell to enter.