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Store detective

Store detectives are employed to prevent shoplifting.
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What does a store detective do?

As a store detective, you would use your observation skills to spot signs of attempted theft. Your duties could include:

  • following shoppers or staff who behave suspiciously
  • calling the police and describing your observations
  • taking evidence from witnesses
  • writing short reports
  • occasionally giving evidence in court

You would have the power to detain anyone trying to leave the store with stolen goods. You may also be involved in preventing the use of stolen credit cards.

You would use various kinds of technology in your work, such as two-way radios, loop alarms, mirrors, electronic tags on goods, and closed circuit television (CCTV).


What do I need to do to become a store detective?

As a store detective, you would use your observation skills to spot signs of attempted theft. Your duties could include:

  • following shoppers or staff who behave suspiciously
  • calling the police and describing your observations
  • taking evidence from witnesses
  • writing short reports
  • occasionally giving evidence in court

You would have the power to detain anyone trying to leave the store with stolen goods. You may also be involved in preventing the use of stolen credit cards.

You would use various kinds of technology in your work, such as two-way radios, loop alarms, mirrors, electronic tags on goods, and closed circuit television (CCTV).


Related skills

  • Communication
  • Customer service
  • Physical fitness

Essential qualifications

  • There are no formal qualifications needed to be a store detective.

Where to find out more

Security Industry Authority (SIA) 

Skills for Security 

British Security Industry Association (BSIA) 

International Professional Security Association (IPSA) 

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