International trends are that retailers will lose 2% of their stock annually through theft. The aim of this course is to introduce you to key principles relating to Retail Loss Prevention.

 Retail Loss Prevention

When you have completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand how much is being lost;
  • List who the shoplifters are;
  • Understand why people steal;
  • Outline methods commonly used by shoplifters;
  • Outline actions to prevent or minimise loss;
  • Explain offender apprehension;
  • Deal with offenders;
  • Deal with evidence and the Police;
  • Implement simple security measures.

This course is 2 hours long and covers the following topics:

  1. What is Shrinkage?
  2. Loss Through Theft
  3. The Cost of Theft
  4. Theft Defined
  5. Staff Theft
  6. How Big is The Problem?
  7. Most Frequently Shoplifted Items by Store Type
  8. Shoplifting Techniques
  9. Who is doing the stealing?
  10. “True Need” Shoplifters
  11. “Reseller” Shoplifters
  12. The Professional Thief
  13. The Drug Addict or Alcoholic Thief
  14. “Amateur” Shoplifters
  15. The Impulse Thief
  16. The Juvenile Thief
  17. The Habitual Thief
  18. Offender Types
  19. What to Watch For
  20. Shop Layout
  21. Technical Aids
  22. Dealing with Offenders
  23. Trespass
  24. The Approach
  25. Civil Recovery
  26. What Can Staff Do?
  27. Witness Statement
  28. Staff Theft
  29. Preventing Staff Theft
  30. Conclusion


All learners that successfully complete all required coursework and training for this course will receive a Certificate of Completion from This shall be emailed to you after your test scores have been reviewed.

Course Price

€65 per individual.

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