Store detective

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What's it like?

You would use your observation skills to spot and prevent theft.

You may work wearing plain clothes and as part of a team of security officers.

You would:

  • Follow shoppers or staff who behave suspiciously
  • Call the police and describe what you have seen
  • Take evidence from witnesses
  • Write short reports
  • Sometimes give evidence in court

You would have the power to hold 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 many different tools in your work, such as radios, loop alarms, mirrors, electronic tags on goods, and closed circuit television (CCTV).

Working conditions

Hours

You could work up to 48 hours a week, including evenings and weekends. You may do shift work depending on the opening hours of the store. Temporary and seasonal work is often available.

Environment

You will spend much of your day standing or walking around the store.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Being tactful
  • Communicating ideas through writing
  • Being physically fit
  • Paying attention to detail
  • Making decisions

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Getting in

Entry requirements for courses can change. Always contact the college, university or training provider to check exactly what you’ll need.

Qualifications

There are no set qualifications to enter this role. 

Many employers look for qualifications that demonstrate knowledge of security and loss prevention. These could include:

  • Security Industry Authority (SIA) qualifications
  • An SVQ in Electronic Security Systems (SCQF Level 6)

You will also need

You may need a Security Industry Authority (SIA) licence. You must be 18 years old to comply with SIA regulations. 

Some roles require you to be physically fit. You may need to pass a medical examination. 

Employers may ask for a full, clean driving licence. 

For some specialist roles, you may need to be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland. 

Helpful to have

Qualifications that show understanding of security services, retail, physical fitness and the ability to work with others such as: 

  • Skills for Work: Uniformed and Emergency Services (SCQF level 4).
  • Scottish Vocational Qualification in Electronic Security Systems (SCQF Level 6)
  • NC Army Preparation (SCQF Level 4)