Store Detective

Loss from theft and fraud is important to the bottom line of both discount and retail stores. For this reason theft prevention has become an important industry. Many businesses both large and small employ store detectives to look out for individuals that are damaging store property or taking merchandise without paying. Store detectives not only survey customers who may be shoplifting or engaging in other suspicious activities but they must also be aware of the possibility that the store’s employees may be stealing merchandise. In some cases store detectives spend time keeping track of what appears on security cameras that are located in various parts of the store. They are in charge of placing shoplifters in custody contacting the police and often testifying if the shoplifter is prosecuted. Store detectives are usually required to write reports on incidences of shoplifting and employee fraud and to keep track records of individuals about whom they have suspicions. Store detectives must be familiar with guidelines practices and procedures used in the establishment that employs them and usually they are supervised by a store or department manager. According to the website large chain stores and shopping malls often give preference to job applicants with an associate’s or even a bachelor’s degree who also have training in techniques used to control theft and fraud. According to the website the median annual salary for a store detective is approximately $30400. According to the website those employed by large security companies earn average salaries between $30000 and $50000 but those working for smaller establishments may be paid by the hour and usually earn less.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $40000
High Salary: $50000
Low Salary: $30000
Tasks: Protects a store's assets.
Apprehends shop lifters.
Keeps an eye on suspicious customers.
Monitors security cameras.
Also Called: Store Security Guard
Loss Prevention Detective
Security Officer
Store Guard
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