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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 month ago

Is Loss Prevention a very dangerous job if its hands on?


Hands on means you can legally touch the shoplifter if you have probable cause they committed a crime against property. 

3 Answers

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 month ago

    Go out & start touching people & find out.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    I worked as a loss prevention officer for a hotel chain for a few years and generally no it's not dangerous however danger is always possible no matter what you're doing for work especially in this field. 

    And can you explain what Hands-On means by your definition?

    In order to put your hands on someone as a loss prevention officer they must be a physical threat to you or someone else.  Even though social media condones physical contact technically you cannot apprehend someone for theft of goods or property. Only the police can do that. But if you're a security guard or loss prevention officer with certified special police powers and training you can make arrests. Of course laws differ state to state so check state laws. now most police officers arrive on the scene where a loss prevention officer has physically arrested someone is going to look the other way because they favor the officer but technically the police officer could arrest a security guard or loss prevention officer for doing that. when I was working as a loss prevention officer some of us went through the training and got special police powers in some of us didn't. Special police Powers means you can arrest only on the property for which you are hired to work. You cannot arrest off the property.  

    This idea that you can physically touch a shoplifter is false unless you have special police powers or you are a police officer. Physically touching a shoplifter without these qualifications is false arrest.  The cases where you see where it's being done they're getting away with it simply because someone doesn't know their rights or limitations or they simply choose not to enforce it or choose not to press charges.  Technically if you touch a shoplifter without proper authority the shoplifter can sue you and have you arrested.  No one, especially cops, really wants to side with a shoplifter or a thief so that's why many people are able to get away putting hands on them.  But if the shoplifter poses an eminent physical threat to anyone then anyone can make a citizens arrest BUT NOT FOR THEFT OF PROPERTY. ONLY COPS OR LICENCED SECURITY. The only thing you can do is take a description and call the cops for shoplifting or theft of property. You cannot apprehend them "legally". When I was working loss prevention some of the Hot Heads would chase people off the property and that's a No-No you can only arrest on the property "IF" you have special police powers via police department training and certification.

    Part of the reason is that you don't want to create more danger by trying to keep the purp in the establishment. You want them to take the property and just go and not endanger anyone because lives are more important than property. That's the basic concept.   

    YouTube videos of people apprehending shoplifters don't reflect the true legalities surrounding shoplifting and theft.

    Again laws vary state to state so check state law.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    Yes, you don't know if the criminal you're apprehending is a first time offender or a hardened felon. It's safer to just let the police go after them and gather evidence for prosecution.

    Source(s): Former AP office.
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