Retail Crime, Security, and Loss Prevention

An Encyclopedic Reference
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Charles "Chuck” Sennewald, CSC, CPP, is an independent security management consultant and expert witness and the author of numerous Butterworth-Heinemann titles, including "Effective Security Management"; "Security Consulting"; "Retail Crime, Security and Loss Prevention: An Encyclopedic Reference;" "From the Files of a Security Expert Witness"; and earlier editions of this book "The Process of Investigation." Chuck is a graduate of California State University - Los Angeles with a BS degree in Police Science and Administration. Chuck is also the founder and first president of the International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), and is a long-time member of ASIS International. He has lectured and is read in countries around the globe.
John Christman, CPP, is the former VP and Director of Security for Macy's West and is now a security consultant.


About the Authors





Academic Programs

Alarm Systems

Amateur Shoplifters


Auras (Guilt Auras)

Award Programs


Badges and Identification Cards

Balancing a Cash Register

Bank Deposits

Best Practice: Shoplifting

Bomb Threats

BURGLARY (24-hour stores, e.g., Convenience Stores, Gas Stations, Drug, Grocery, and Liquor Stores)



Case Management and Electronic Incident Reporting

Cash Control: Automated

Cash Office Security

Cash Register Manipulations

CCTV: An Historical Perspective in Retailing

Celebrity Appearances and Special Events

Celebrity and other "Sensitive” Arrest

Chase/Chasing Policy

Check Fraud

Citizen's Arrest (Private Person's Arrest)

Civil Disturbances

Civil Recovery

Civil Restitution


Company Property

Concessionaires and Tenants

Conditional (Controlled) Release

Conscience Letters

Consent to Search

Contract Security in Retail Environments

Counterfeit Currency

Courtroom Appearance and Testimony

Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED)

Customer Accident Investigations

Cybersecurity Rules for the Retail Industry


Discount Violations


Distribution Centers/Warehouses

Docks (Receiving and Shipping)


Drug Store Loss Prevention

Drug Testing

Drugs in the Workplace


Emergency Planning for Retail Businesses

Emergency Exits

Employee Fraud

Employee Handbook

Employee Purchases and Package Control

Employee Theft and Misconduct


Escort Policy and Procedure

Ethical Dilemmas and Conflicts of Interest


Exception Reporting Software

Executive Protection

Expert Witnesses



Fences and Fencing

Fire and Fire Prevention

Fitting Rooms and Their Control


Fraudulent Outsourcing and Invoicing

Fraudulent Refunds


Ghost Employees

Gift Card Fraud

Good Housekeeping as a Shrinkage Prevention Tool

Grab and Run

Grocery Loss Prevention


Highjacking Prevention

History of Private Security

"Holds”/ Hold Procedures

Hotlines: The Modern Employee Hotline: Incident Report Management From A to Z


Incident Reporting: Electronic

International Foundation for Protection Officers (IFPO)

Integrity Testing of Sales Associates

Integrity Tests

Interactive Video Training

International Association of Professional Security Consultants

Inter-Store and Other Transfers

Interviews and Interrogations: The Process of Interviewing and Interrogation



Jewelry (Fine)



Key Control


Known Loss Reports


Labor Disputes: Managing Them

Labor Disputes: Some Considerations

Law Enforcement Officers as LP Agents

Law Enforcement Retail Partnership Network

Legal Cases by Subject Matter (Case Law)

Legal Considerations

Liaison with Law Enforcement

Lighting: Outside


Loss Prevention as a Concept

Loss Prevention Manuals: Content & Preparation

Lost or Unaccompanied Children


Malls and Shopping Centers

Manuals for Security/LP: Protection of Contents

Membership Stores

Merchandise Inventory

Miranda Rights

Mission Statement

Security Department Function


Negligence in the Employment of LP Personnel

Night Depositories

"No Touch” Policy


"Oh Shit Syndrome”

On-the-Job Training (OJT)

Organized Retail Theft


Parking Lot Crimes and Other Problems

Performance and Development Review Process


Post Orders

Pre-Employment Screening

Premises and Personal Injury Liability

Preteen and Teenage Shoplifting

Preventing Theft of Merchandise by "Customers”

Product Tampering:-An Historical Perspective

Product Tampering and Contamination

Proprietary Information

Prosecution vs. Release

Public Restrooms


Quick Change Artists

Quotas and Goals


Report Writing

Requests by Shoplifting Detainees

Restaurants in Stores

Retail Fraud

Retail Merchandising in Casinos

RFID-Informed Consent: Ethical Considerations of RFID*


Robbery: Prevention Checklists and Questionnaire

Roof Security


Security and Emergency Communications

Security Mirrors

Security Surveys

Security Technology and the Retail Industry: A Glimpse into the Future of Loss Prevention

Selected Security-Related Organizations

Selecting and Hiring Loss Prevention Personnel

Sell More, Lose Less: Understanding the Behavior of Shoppers and Thieves

Sex Crimes in the Retail Environment

Shoplifter Diversion: Don't Just Stop Shoplifters-Get Them to Stop Shoplifting

Shoplifter Profiling: A Retail Loss Prevention Tool


Shoplifting, Definition

Shoplifting and Organized Retail Theft

Shortage Awareness Programs

Shrinkage Reduction: A Plan that Actually Reduces Shrink

Small Claims Court

Special Police Powers for Security Officers: Issues for Consideration

Stockrooms and Other Back-of-the-Store Areas

Subliminal Messaging


Sudden in Custody Death

Supply Chain Security Overview for Retailing



Standards of Conduct

Standards of Conduct

Threat Assessment and Management: An Integrative Approach

Ticket Switching

Till Taps

Time Card Violations and Time Falsification





Use of Off-Duty Police Officers in Loss Prevention

Use of Private Investigators by Retailers



Vendor Fraud, Badging, and Control

Vendor Relations

Video Surveillance: From CCTV to IP and Beyond

Visitor Badging and Control

VSOs vs. Plainclothes



Why Do Our Employees Steal?

Window Smashing

Winning the Battle Through Pre-Employment Screening for Loss Prevention Professionals: Ten Critical Things You Need to Know

Witnesses and Their Reports

Women and Minorities in Retail Security Today

Women in Loss Prevention

Working to Stop Robbery-A Grocery Store Perspective

World's Largest Retail Trade Association: The National Retail Federation's Role in Retail Loss Prevention

Workplace Violence: Zero Tolerance is Not Enough



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Retail Crime, Security, and Loss Prevention is destined to become the "go to" source of crime- and loss prevention- related information in the retail industry. Written and edited by two nationally recognized retail security experts and enhanced with 63 contributions by others who contribute expertise in specialized areas, this book provides over 150 definitions of loss prevention terms, and discusses topics ranging from accident investigations, counterfeit currency, emergency planning, and workplace violence to vendor frauds. No other single work contains such a wealth of retail security information.

The co-authors are Charles "Chuck” Sennewald, CSC, CPP former Director of Security at The Broadway Department Stores, a major division of Carter Hawley Hale Stores, Inc., founder of the IAPSC and author of numerous security industry books, and John Christman, CPP, former VP and Director of Security for Macy's West. They have put in one book a wealth of information, techniques, procedures and source material relative to retail crime and loss prevention which will prove an invaluable reference work for professionals at all levels within the industry.

  • Tables, current industry figures, and statistics fully articulate the impact of loss prevention and theft in the retail setting
  • Case examples from the authors' own experience illustrate real-world problems and connect theory to practice
  • The most complete book available on retail security

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