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MAY-JUN 2018

LP magazine publishes articles for loss prevention, asset protection, and retail professionals covering shrinkage, investigations, shoplifting, internal theft, fraud, technology, best practices, and career development.

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were more inclined to perceive a risk of losing their job rather than a risk of personal safety. Professional Development Nearly eight of ten (77%) responded that they aspire to reach senior loss prevention leadership roles during their careers. While several shared they didn't feel it was likely they would assume a senior leadership role, several others shared they had already reached a senior leadership position during their careers. These women overwhelmingly indicated they believe they have the opportunity for a productive and long-term career in loss prevention if they choose to have one, with 95 percent of respondents agreeing that career options in the profession will remain available and attainable. Eight-six percent felt they would continue to hold positions in loss prevention five years from now, while many who disagreed did so based on retirement. Others said they might explore other areas of retail to help further advance their careers, while some felt that workforce reductions might impact the profession. Most expressed that they really enjoy working in loss prevention. ■ Participants overwhelmingly stated that they have established a personal plan for their professional growth and development (96%). ■ They indicated strong belief that it's important to develop their own skills and abilities as part of career growth, rating the importance as a nine on a scale of one to ten. As one might expect, there were some strong responses regarding the need to take personal responsibility for one's own growth and development. ■ The vast majority (94%) stated that they seek out opportunities for continuing education to support growth and investment in their careers. Industry certifications were offered as the most frequent option for continuing education, followed by formal college education, online courses, company courses, industry conferences, and more informal means such as reading books and staying current through industry newsletters. ■ A majority (83%) recognized the importance of the various industry certifications for growth and investment in their careers. The most frequently identified certifications that participants have obtained or were pursuing included (in this order) the LPCertified (LPC), Certified Forensic Interviewer (CFI), Wicklander-Zulawski Interview and Interrogation (W-Z), LPQualified (LPQ), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). ■ Approximately 85 percent stated they seek out professional networking opportunities that could benefit their careers. The most frequently identified networking opportunities included national conferences, followed by local and regional events. LinkedIn was also a popular networking venue, followed by organized retail crime associations (ORCAs) and company-sponsored events. ■ Approximately nine in ten participants stated they use online tools and social WOMEN OF LOSS PREVENTION 19 LP MAGAZINE | MAY–JUNE 2018

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