Loss Prevention Resources


What is Loss Prevention?

Loss prevention is a form of investigation into larceny or the theft of items of value, such as money, physical goods, information, data, or services, usually from a business. The purpose of a formal loss prevention program is, at its most basic level, to “prevent losses.” This is accomplished by understanding where problems, theft, or “leakage” occur and implementing policies, procedures, and controls to prevent further loss. This is sometimes called reducing “shrinkage” (not to be confused with the Seinfeld definition). Retailers also refer to the process as asset protection.

The primary focus of loss prevention investigations usually includes investigating losses related to:

  • Shoplifting by customers or clients
  • Package pilferage
  • Embezzlement
  • Credit and check fraud
  • Employee theft or internal theft
  • Skimming
  • Employees providing excessive discounts or free items to family or friends
  • Corporate fraud schemes
  • Stealing personal information from customers

Managing Loss Prevention

In most situations, a company designs, implements, and executes its loss prevention strategy. Company executives are usually responsible for developing the overall strategy, and management at all levels is responsible for the day-to-day execution. Often, companies have dedicated departments, such as risk management or corporate security, focusing on preventing losses.

Outside consultants specializing in asset protection are sometimes hired to help develop the strategy and implementation plan and may even provide the service as an outsourced service.

In situations where losses occur, the company then conducts its internal investigation. This investigation is critical to gather evidence for proof of loss, which may be necessary for insurance claims. In more severe situations, law enforcement may be called in to investigate further and possibly to make an arrest.

The following books provide additional information on preventing corporate theft, embezzlement, employee stealing, and crime prevention.  The books will help you:

  • Understand how people steal from businesses
  • How to identify loss patterns
  • Learn how to implement procedures and protocols to prevent or minimize losses.
  • Learn the appropriate theories, techniques, and equipment to solve theft, embezzlement, and shoplifting crimes.
  • Build a professional library of reference books that will help guide you through the intricacies of investigations.

The most thorough, easy-to-understand counter-crime guide for retail managers ever created! It is packed with concise explanations of today’s most popular crimes and proven identification and eradication strategies eliminating them.

This insightful book explains how to minimize losses from security breaches, internal and external theft, and natural disasters. Provides practical advice. Every important topic in the field, including the latest on high-tech security systems, homeland security, and many specialty areas.

Courses in Introduction to Security, Private Security, and Security Management. All aspects of safety and security within the retail premise are covered here in detail–making this text an invaluable part of the retail security officer training curriculum. It exposes students to the extent of functions, tasks, and prerequisites required to efficiently protect and preserve the assets of a corporation in the retail environment. The book also provides extensive information on the criminal/civil hazards and vulnerabilities security officers may face and are at risk in their profession.

View other books for private investigators.

Resources for More Information

Following is a collection of resources for those who are interested in learning more:

LPJobs.com –  This website is an excellent resource for those interested in starting a career or finding a new job. LPjobs.com is the leading retail loss prevention employment site that offers job seekers comprehensive resources for finding a job online.

Often, thieves steal from local businesses and department stores, then sell the items to pawn shops. Learn how law enforcement works with pawn shops to recover stolen items.

Hire a Private Investigator / Loss Prevention Specialist

Private investigators are sometimes called to investigate corporate crimes such as internal theft or corporate espionage. Hire a Private Investigator in your local area to evaluate your situation.

Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about loss prevention, please post a message below.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.


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