Loss Prevention Job Description

What is a Loss Prevention?

An individual interested in a loss prevention role will be responsible for preventing shoplifter theft as well as employee theft in a retail environment. Loss prevention officers monitor surveillance cameras and walk around the store watching shoppers while remaining as hidden as possible. In some cases, loss prevention officers do not wear uniforms. Additionally, loss prevention officers assist in creating theft prevention plans and policies and also monitor the workplace to assess safety issues or concerns. Loss prevention officers usually work in retail stores but some manufacturing warehouses have merchandise they would like to safeguard.

Most loss prevention positions require at least a high school diploma. Entry level officers can receive on-the-job training depending on the company and more complex training is required for those who carry a firearm. Successful loss prevention officers have the ability to respond well in emergency situations and possesses good judgement.

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Job Overview

Come work at Example Co., a leading firm in our industry in the metro area. We're pleased to have a 4.0 Glassdoor rating. We are looking to hire an experienced Loss Prevention to help us keep growing. If you're hard-working and dedicated, Example Co. is an ideal place to get ahead. Apply today!

Responsibilities for Loss Prevention

  • Monitor public areas for potential threats
  • Identify potential thieves or vandals among staff or patrons
  • In some instances, monitor displays or changing rooms, both of which can provide additional opportunities to steal merchandise
  • Uniformed officers may discourage potential thieves or troublemakers
  • Follow and confront suspected shoplifters
  • Review inventory and stock and investigating suspected pilferage by employees
  • Document theft and other security violations
  • Ability to respond well to emergency situations

Qualifications for Loss Prevention

  • Prior experience in loss prevention or educational background in loss prevention, security or law enforcement (preferred)
  • 1-3 years retail experience (preferred)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Superior observational skills
  • Working knowledge of surveillance camera controls
  • Ability to recognize unsafe working environments
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule including nights and weekends
  • Willingness to attend meeting and trainings to improve skills
  • Knowledgeable on safety processes and procedures

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