Store detective

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Store detectives prevent shoplifting in retail outlets and shopping centres.

Salary range: £15,000 to £26,500

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How to become a store detective

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly
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Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate apprenticeship in providing security services.

Entry requirements

You’ll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship

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Direct application

You could apply directly for jobs if you’ve got relevant experience in retail security, or from working in the police, armed forces or a security company.

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Further information

You’ll find more details about security training and licensing through the Security Industry Authority.

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • knowledge of English language
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

Employers will carry out checks on your personal and work history, which could go back up to 10 years.

You may need a security licence issued by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) for certain jobs. You can complete relevant SIA approved training if you need to get one.

You might also need a driving licence and access to a vehicle.

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • following shoppers or staff who behave suspiciously
  • calling the police and describing what you’ve seen
  • taking evidence from witnesses
  • writing short reports
  • giving evidence in court
  • stopping anyone trying to leave the store with stolen goods

Working environment

You could work in a court or at a store.

Your working environment may be crowded.

Career path and progression

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With experience you could progress to a senior post, like supervisor or security manager. 

You could also become self-employed and work on contracts for stores.