What does a Loss Prevention do?

Loss prevention specialists are responsible for preventing and minimizing theft, fraud, inventory shrinkage, and other incidents that result in a loss to the company. They control and monitor video surveillance systems. They implement loss prevention measures and configure fraud detection programs and safeguards. Their role also involves training other staff members on theft detection and prevention strategies. They manage and maintain video archives to be used as evidence if needed.

Loss prevention specialists have a high school diploma and ideally have a background in security or asset protection. They must know or be willing to research state and federal laws related to theft prevention. Familiarity with video surveillance systems and electronic loss prevention tools is helpful. These roles require the ability to stay calm in stressful situations.

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Avg. Experience0-1 year

How much does a Loss Prevention make?

$42,596 /yr
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Loss Prevention Career Path

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Loss Prevention Insights

Read what Loss Prevention professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
La Maison SimonsLa Maison Simons
Loss Prevention Officer
Sep 4, 2020

“Almost zero chance of moving up in the company or any real meaningful career development.”

Loss Prevention Specialist
Aug 25, 2022

“I have learned so much and have been asked to participate in a variety of projects that have really helped me improve my skills.”

Paladin Security GroupPaladin Security Group
Loss Prevention Officer
May 3, 2021

“Severely underpaid considering our job is to confront potentially violent shoplifters for only slightly above minimum wage”

Regional Loss Prevention Manager
Dec 22, 2021

“You make your own schedule and if you perform supervision is minimal.”

Loss Prevention
Jan 7, 2021

“The people I work with are great and are fun to work with.”

TJ MaxxTJ Maxx
Loss Prevention
Aug 31, 2022

“Does a good job training and helping to prepare you for furthering your career.”

Marriott InternationalMarriott International
Loss Prevention Officer
Oct 29, 2021

“Everyone was nice and have pride in their roles.”

TJ MaxxTJ Maxx
Loss Prevention
Jan 20, 2022

“Good pay and benefit and team work.”

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