Security and Loss Prevention

An Introduction


  • Philip Purpura, CPP, Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC, U.S.

Since the first edition of Security and Loss Prevention was published in 1983, much has changed in security and loss prevention considerations. In the past five years alone, security awareness and the need for added business continuity and preparedness considerations has been uniquely highlighted given events such as Katrina, 9/11, the formation of the Department of Homeland Security, and the increase in world terrorist events. This edition of Security and Loss Prevention is fully updated and encompasses the breadth and depth of considerations involved in implementing general loss prevention concepts and security programs within an organization. The book provides proven strategies to prevent and reduce incidents of loss due to legal issues, theft and other crimes, fire, accidental or intentional harm from employees, as well as the many ramifications of corporate mismanagement. The new edition contains a brand new terrorism chapter, along with coverage on background investigations, protection of sensitive information, internal threats, and considerations at select facilities (nuclear, DoD, government and federal).Author Philip Purpura once again demonstrates why students and professionals alike rely on this best-selling text as a timely, reliable resource.
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Criminal justice and security academic programs, physical security professionals, retail security professionals, security managers, and security consultants.In addition, law enforcement professionals, investigations professionals, risk and contingency planning professionals.


Book information

  • Published: October 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-372525-7


The first edition of the work has been called: "An example of true expertise...a well-regarded textbook that has been updated with a post-9-11 perspective."--Security Management "An outstanding introduction to loss prevention concepts and security management implementation."--Crime & Justice International

Table of Contents

Part I Introduction to Security and Loss Prevention1 The History of Security and Loss Prevention: A Critical Perspective2 The Business, Careers, and Challenges of Security and Loss PreventionPart II Reducing the Problem of Loss3 Foundations of Security and Loss Prevention4 Law5 Internal and External Relations6 Applicant Screening and Employee Socialization7 Internal Threats and Countermeasures8 External Threats and Countermeasures9 Services and Systems: Methods Toward Wise Purchasing Decisions10 Investigations11 Accounting, Accountability, and Auditing12 Risk Management, Business Continuity, and Emergency Management13 Life Safety, Fire Protection, and Emergencies14 Safety in the WorkplacePART III Special Problems and Countermeasures15 Terrorism and Homeland Security16 Protecting Critical Infrastructures, Key Assets, and Borders17 Loss Prevention at Businesses and Institutions18 Topics of Concern19 Your Future in Security and Loss Prevention