What does retail security mean?

What is a Retail Security Officer? A Retail Security Officer primarily operates in preventing theft. This is typically by observing shoppers and identifying any irregular shoplifting activity. Ensuring public safety is key.

Here are a few points that will help you to understand and prevent shoplifting.

How to Prevent Shoplifting: A Guide for Small Business

  1. Acknowledge customers.
  2. Keep your store neat and organized.
  3. Limit access to hot items.
  4. Use cameras and mirrors.
  5. Create loyal employees.
  6. Get to know your neighbours.

What methods do shoplifters use?

Below, we’ve listed nine common shoplifting techniques that police, and security staff watch for.

  • Concealing items.
  • Walking out.
  • Metal bags.
  • Switching tags.
  • Unwrapping items.
  • Causing a disruption.
  • Inside jobs.
  • Phony return.

Our Officers at G3 Security use the following tools to deter, and prevent theft

The 3 most common are probably ASCEND, SCONE and ASCONE. The table below shows the component of each. We ask our employees to use one of the below mentioned. Whichever you choose to use make sure you know it inside out. Know it’s advantages and most importantly it’s disadvantages and what can go wrong.


A Approach S Select A Approach
S Select C Conceal S Select
C Conceal O Observe C Conceal
O Observe N Non-payment E Exit
N Non-payment E Exit N Not paid
E Exit D Detain


AT G3 security we guarantee that our guards are fully trained and share our enthusiasm in all the mentioned and we know your business is safe with us

To learn more about our services please contact us via the information below

T:  02032880000 / 02032880011

E: info@g3security.co.uk


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