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Retail Loss Prevention Specialist  What They Do

Just the Facts


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

This career is part of the Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security cluster Security and Protective Services pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Investigates known or suspected internal theft, external theft, or vendor fraud.
  • Implements or monitors processes to reduce property or financial losses.
  • Identifies and reports merchandise or stock shortages.
  • Apprehends shoplifters in accordance with guidelines.
  • Maintains documentation or reports on security-related incidents or investigations.
  • Verifies proper functioning of physical security systems, such as closed-circuit televisions, alarms, sensor tag systems, or locks.
  • Identifies and reports safety concerns to maintain a safe shopping and working environment.
  • Conducts store audits to identify problem areas or procedural deficiencies.
  • Monitors compliance with standard operating procedures for loss prevention, physical security, or risk management.
  • Inspects buildings, equipment, or access points to determine security risks.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves walking or running more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly at a distance
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Asset Protection Associate (APA) --
  • Asset Protection Lead --
  • Loss Prevention Agent --
  • Loss Prevention Associate (LPA) --
  • Loss Prevention Detective --
  • Loss Prevention Investigator --
  • Loss Prevention Leader --
  • Loss Prevention Officer --
  • Loss Prevention Specialist --
  • Retail Asset Protection Specialist --