Loss Prevention at age 16?

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scott in Kingwood, Texas

68 months ago

I am 16 and I am just starting to look for a job. I'm intrested in Loss Prevention. I was looking at my local Best Buy and they are looking for LP. I was wondering is 16 too early to apply for a LP position? If so, what would be a reasonable age?

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scott in Kingwood, Texas

68 months ago

Part time by the way. ~20 hours a week. Still in school.

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Matt in Bellmawr, New Jersey

67 months ago

I use to work in LP. Alot of stores want someone over the age of 21 just to give you a head up on that. If you go the security route most, if not all security agencies want you to be at least 18.

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Josh68684 in Elgin, Illinois

67 months ago

YES, its to young. Most places require you to be 18. Companies do not want to be held liable if a minor gets hurt.

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Melissa in Macon, Georgia

67 months ago

Josh68684 in Elgin, Illinois said: YES, its to young. Most places require you to be 18. Companies do not want to be held liable if a minor gets hurt.

Most of the time, you will need some major experience in retail to become a loss prevention specialist or a degree in criminal justice. I am currently working on my degree in Cj right now. You can take a couple of courses now while you are in high school, you can sign up at your local community college to get a headstart.

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Jose Rivera

65 months ago

You may want to consider working for a Loss Prevention department that offers and undercover LP program. In other words you may be able to initiate your Loss Prevention career as a Loss Prevention greeter or undercover employee. In the aforementioned positions you do not make a private person arrest, therefor being under 18 is not a problem. Regardless at what age you enter the Loss Prevention field, don't stop going to school, very important.

Sincerely,

Jose Rivera
Onwer of
Group Investigative Services

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Jose Rivera

65 months ago

You may want to consider working for a Loss Prevention department that offers an undercover LP program. In other words you may be able to initiate your Loss Prevention career as a Loss Prevention greeter or undercover employee. In the aforementioned positions you do not make a private person arrest, therefor being under 18 is not a problem. Regardless at what age you enter the Loss Prevention field, don't stop going to school, very important.

Sincerely,

Jose Rivera
Owner of
Group Investigative Services

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24scuba in Phoenix, Arizona

63 months ago

You need to be at least 18 and out of high school. If you really want to do this get in with a retail company that has a good loss prevention program and often hires from the sales floor to LP. JCPenney is a good company for this. Then work your ass off make an impression listen to all the advise that is given to you during your LP orientation (as an associate you get a briefing from the LP department in your training) be helpful and keep your eyes open and customer service the heck out of everyone. STANDOUT with out harassing the loss prevention department. Then when your getting close to graduation say Christmas approach the manager and tell him/her your interested in working for them. Then make sure you ask for information, check back with them and don't start talking down to your coworkers if you think you have a chance to get on with LP. When you get to LP you will need those coworkers to help you the same way you have been helping for the last two years.

So I know this is a long wait but if you make a good impression they will help you get on with another store if there is no openings at the one you work at.

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jose in Houston, Texas

54 months ago

Matt in Bellmawr, New Jersey said: I use to work in LP. Alot of stores want someone over the age of 21 just to give you a head up on that. If you go the security route most, if not all security agencies want you to be at least 18.

I worked at a Best Buy as an LP at age 17 right out of high school so i dont think age really matters

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Father of two in Titusville/Orlando, Florida

48 months ago

I started at JCP as LP at age 19 with a minimal amount of retail experience. It was a fun job but did not pay very well. Unless you can move up to management, I would not suggest it as a career.

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