Loss Prevention Job Description Sample

A loss prevention officer prevents theft in retail environments. They monitor customers and employees for unusual or suspicious behavior. Depending on the employer, they may also have the authority to apprehend suspected thieves.

Job Description Sample

We are looking to hire a skilled loss prevention officer to help us prevent loss from theft. The successful candidate will be responsible for monitoring employees and customers as well as apprehending suspects.


A loss prevention officer earns an average salary of $35,000 per year. This can range from $27,000 to $42,000 per year depending on tenure in the job and your location.


  • Strong communication skills.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Incredible observation skills.
  • Good judgement.
  • Calm demeanor.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor for potential threats or suspicious behavior.
  • Identify potential thieves among staff or customers.
  • Review inventory and stock.
  • Investigate suspected theft by employees.
  • Follow and confront suspected shoplifters.
  • Document theft and security violations in the form of reports.
  • Collaborate with law enforcement to arrest and prosecute shoplifters and employees.
  • Testify in court if a shoplifting case goes to trial.
  • Suggest procedural or security improvements to reduce the risk of retail loss via theft.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Previous experience is a plus.
  • Certification is an asset.
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