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Become A Store Detective

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Working As A Store Detective

  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $45,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Store Detective Do At Meijer

* Providing emergency medical response
* Investigating financial crimes against Meijer
* Investigating and documenting various other specific crimes
* Identifying and documenting unsafe behavior and environments
* Inspecting and maintaining perimeter security
* Being a liaison with local prosecutors and law enforcement officials
* Serving as a resource for operational management

How To Become A Store Detective

Private detectives and investigators typically need several years of work experience in law enforcement or the military. Workers must also have a high school diploma, and the vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license.


Education requirements vary greatly with the job, but most jobs require a high school diploma. Some, though, may require a 2- or 4-year degree in a field such as criminal justice or police science. 

Corporate investigators typically need a bachelor’s degree. Often, coursework in finance, accounting, and business is preferred. Because many financial investigators have an accounting background, they typically have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field and may be certified public accountants (CPAs). 

Computer forensics investigators often need a bachelor’s degree in computer science or criminal justice. Some colleges and universities now offer certificate programs in computer forensics, and others offer a bachelor’s or a master’s degree.


Most private detectives and investigators learn through on-the-job experience, often lasting several years.

Although new investigators must learn how to gather information, additional training depends on the type of firm that hires them. For instance, at an insurance company, a new investigator will learn on the job how to recognize insurance fraud. Corporate investigators hired by large companies may receive formal training in business practices, management structure, and various finance-related topics. 

Because computer forensics specialists need to both use computers and possess investigative skills, extensive training may be required. Many learn their trade while working for a law enforcement agency for several years. At work, they are taught how to gather evidence and spot computer-related crimes.

Continuing education is important for computer forensics investigators because they work with changing technologies. Investigators must learn the latest methods of fraud detection and new software programs. Many accomplish this task by attending conferences and courses offered by software vendors and professional associations.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Private detectives and investigators typically must have previous work experience, usually in law enforcement, the military, or federal intelligence. Those in such jobs, who are frequently able to retire after 20 or 25 years of service, may become private detectives or investigators in a second career.

Other private detectives and investigators previously may have worked for insurance or collections companies, as paralegals, in finance, or in accounting.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

The vast majority of states require private detectives and investigators to have a license. Requirements vary with the state. Professional Investigator Magazine has links to each state’s licensing requirements. Because laws often change, jobseekers should verify the licensing laws related to private investigators with the state and locality in which they want to work.

In most states, detectives and investigators who carry handguns must meet additional requirements.

Although there are no licenses specific to computer forensics investigators, some states require them to be licensed private investigators. Even in states and localities where they are not required to be licensed, having a private investigator license is useful because it allows computer forensics investigators to perform related investigative work. 

Candidates may also obtain certification, although it is not required for employment. Still, becoming certified through professional organizations can demonstrate competence and may help candidates advance in their careers.

For investigators who specialize in negligence or criminal defense investigation, the National Association of Legal Investigators offers the Certified Legal Investigator certification. For investigators who specialize in security, ASIS International offers the Professional Certified Investigator certification.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Private detectives and investigators must listen carefully and ask appropriate questions when interviewing a person of interest.

Decisionmaking skills. Private detectives and investigators must be able to think on their feet and make quick decisions, based on the limited information that they have at a given time.

Inquisitiveness. Private detectives and investigators must want to ask questions and search for the truth.

Patience. Private detectives and investigators may have to spend long periods conducting surveillance while waiting for an event to occur. Investigations may take a long time, and they may not provide a resolution quickly—or at all.

Resourcefulness. Private detectives and investigators must work persistently with whatever leads they have, no matter how limited, to determine the next step toward their goal. They sometimes need to anticipate what a person of interest will do next.

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Store Detective Career Paths

Store Detective
Investigator Security Manager Loss Prevention Manager
Area Loss Prevention Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Loss Prevention Manager
Asset Protection Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Asset Protection Manager Security Director
Chief Of Security
9 Yearsyrs
Asset Protection Manager Director-Loss Prevention Security Director
Director Of Public Safety
11 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Specialist Assets Protection Specialist Loss Prevention Manager
Director-Loss Prevention
9 Yearsyrs
Investigator Loss Prevention Manager
District Loss Prevention Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Account Manager Sales Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Supervisor Area Supervisor Security Supervisor
Fire Safety Director
6 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Manager Correction Officer Security Officer
Lead Security Officer
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Agent Loss Prevention Specialist
Loss Prevention Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assets Protection Specialist Investigator Security Manager
Loss Prevention Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Specialist Loss Prevention Supervisor Loss Prevention Manager
Loss Prevention/Safety Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Loss Prevention Manager District Loss Prevention Manager
Regional Loss Prevention Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Security Manager
Security Director
10 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Security Officer
Security Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Officer Patrol Officer Police Officer
Security Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Police Officer Instructor Security Officer
Security, Shift Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Assets Protection Specialist Loss Prevention Supervisor Investigator
Senior Investigator
9 Yearsyrs
Security Supervisor Public Safety Officer Police Officer
Special Investigator
9 Yearsyrs
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Store Detective Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

  • Unknown



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • German

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Albanian

  • French

  • Maltese

  • Polish

  • Arabic

  • Afrikaans

  • Thai

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Store Detective


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Top Store Detective Skills

  1. Loss Prevention
  2. Safety Inspections
  3. Surveillance Equipment
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Monitor public areas, observe for shoplifters, arrest and prosecution Assist Loss Prevention Manger with internal investigations
  • Conduct safety inspections and communicates hazards to Management.
  • Review surveillance equipment for unauthorized customer activity and equipment malfunction.
  • Conducted surveillance through CCTV and apprehended subjects committing thefts inside the store (employees and customers).
  • Collaborated with management and local law enforcement on a regular basis.

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