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Retail Loss Prevention Specialists

Work Environment

Retail loss prevention specialists work indoors in stores and offices. They usually work full time, 40 or more hours per week, although the hours will vary depending upon the retail store's hours. They work independently as well as on teams with store management and employees, other loss prevention professionals, and law enforcement professionals. For some jobs they may wear a uniform, whereas for covert surveillance they usually wear civilian clothing. Travel may be required occasionally for meetings and conferences. There can be stress and potential risks in this job, particularly when dealing with people who may be difficult, uncooperative, dangerous, or even violent. Retail loss prevention specialists are trained in handling a variety of situations and know when to summon the police.

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