A loss prevention associate works in a retail location such as a department store. The aim of the loss prevention associate is to minimize the material losses that the business incurs. The loss prevention associate patrols the store in order to prevent shoplifting from happening and to apprehend customers in the process of shoplifting.
Often the associate will be in street clothes, as to not attract attention to the main focus of the job. The loss prevention associate may also carry out internal investigations to prevent material losses from occurring among employees. Another important duty of the loss prevention associate is to inspect the store for potential safety hazards and to report them back to management or the appropriate department before any accidents occur. The loss prevention associate will also often be in charge of monitoring CCTV and other remote security monitoring systems. Some teamwork is involved in order to carry out projects, but much of the work is done independently. Therefore, a self-motivated individual is needed for the job. Another important personality aspect to have is the ability to work well under pressure.
The work is mostly done indoors but can be physically demanding, as a loss prevention associate is frequently walking or standing. Some loss prevention or security experience can come in handy, but generally, training is provided on the job. In some positions, computer skills will be necessary in order to create reports from audits and other findings. Usually a high school diploma is the minimum educational requirement for this position.
Loss Prevention Associate Tasks
Monitor surveillance equipment for shoplifters.
Apprehend shoplifting suspects.
Develop and implement strategies to prevent or reduce loss.