Retail Loss Prevention Specialists

Implement procedures and systems to prevent merchandise loss. Conduct audits and investigations of employee activity. May assist in developing policies, procedures, and systems for safeguarding assets.

Median Annual Wage: $28,440

Education: High school diploma or equivalent (69%); Associate's degree (11%); Bachelor's degree (11%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Loss Prevention Officer; Loss Prevention Detective; Loss Prevention Agent; Loss Prevention Investigator; Loss Prevention Specialist; Asset Protection Associate (APA); Asset Protection Lead; Loss Prevention Associate (LPA); Loss Prevention Leader; Retail Asset Protection Specialist

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Retail Loss Prevention Specialists.

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  • Implement or monitor processes to reduce property or financial losses.
  • Identify and report merchandise or stock shortages.
  • Maintain documentation or reports on security-related incidents or investigations.
  • Apprehend shoplifters in accordance with guidelines.
  • Verify proper functioning of physical security systems, such as closed-circuit televisions, alarms, sensor tag systems, or locks.
  • Identify and report safety concerns to maintain a safe shopping and working environment.
  • Conduct store audits to identify problem areas or procedural deficiencies.
  • Perform covert surveillance of areas susceptible to loss, such loading docks, distribution centers, or warehouses.
  • Inspect buildings, equipment, or access points to determine security risks.
  • Monitor compliance with standard operating procedures for loss prevention, physical security, or risk management.
  • Prepare written reports on investigations.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement agencies to report or investigate crimes.
  • Testify in civil or criminal court proceedings.
  • Train establishment personnel in loss prevention activities.
  • Recommend methods to reduce potential financial fraud losses.
  • Coordinate with risk management, human resources, or other departments to assist in company programs, investigations, or training.
  • Respond to critical incidents, such as catastrophic events, violent weather, or civil disorders.
  • Recommend new or improved processes or equipment to reduce risk exposure.
  • Direct work of contract security officers or other loss prevention agents.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Retail Loss Prevention Specialists.

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Retail Loss Prevention Specialists.

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