Store detective

Store detectives prevent shoplifting in retail outlets and shopping centres.

Average salary (a year)

£15,000 Starter

to

£26,500 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

46 to 48 a week

You could work

evenings / weekends / bank holidays on shifts

How to become a Store detective

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

Apprenticeship

You can do an intermediate apprenticeship in providing security services.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, 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.

More information

Further information

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

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
  • being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

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

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.

Training opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

We can't find any apprenticeship vacancies in England for a Store detective right now.

The Find an apprenticeship service can help you with your search, send alerts when new apprenticeships become available and has advice on how to apply.

Courses In England

Certificate in Public and Security Services 2 x GCSE re-sit - Level 2

  • Provider: DERBY COLLEGE
  • Start date: 01 August 2019
  • Location: Ilkeston

Principles of Providing Security Services

  • Provider: Gloucestershire College
  • Start date: 18 March 2019
  • Location: CHELTENHAM

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