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Security and Loss Prevention

An Introduction

The sixth edition of Security and Loss Prevention continues the tradition of providing introductory and advanced coverage of the body of knowledge of the security profession. To bridge theory to practice is the book’s backbone, and Philip Purpura continues this strong effort with new sidebars and text boxes presenting actual security challenges from real-life situations.

Globally recognized and on the ASIS International Certified Protection Professional reading list, the sixth edition of Security and Loss Prevention enhances its position in the market as a comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and up-to-date treatment of the area, connecting the public and private sector and the worlds of physical security and technological security. Purpura once again demonstrates why students and professionals alike rely on this best-selling text as a timely, reliable resource encompassing the breadth and depth of considerations involved when implementing general loss prevention concepts and security programs within an organization.

Hardbound, 728 Pages

Published: February 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-387846-5


  • Part I Introduction to Security and Loss PreventionChapter 1 The History of Security and Loss Prevention: A Critical Perspective Chapter 2 The Business, Careers, and Challenges of Security and Loss Prevention Part II Reducing the Problem of LossChapter 3 Foundations of Security and Loss Prevention Chapter 4 Law Chapter 5 Internal and External Relations Chapter 6 Applicant Screening and Employee Socialization Chapter 7 Internal Threats and Countermeasures Chapter 8 External Threats and Countermeasures Chapter 9 Services and Systems: Methods Toward Wise Purchasing Decisions Chapter 10 Investigations Chapter 11 Accounting, Accountability, and Auditing Chapter 12 Resilience, Risk Management, Business Continuity, and Emergency Management Chapter 13 Life Safety, Fire Protection, and Emergencies Chapter 14 Safety in the Workplace Part III Special Problems and CountermeasuresChapter 15 Terrorism and Homeland Security Chapter 16 Protecting Critical InfrastructureChapter 17 Protecting Commercial and Institutional Critical InfrastructureChapter 18 Topics of Concern Chapter 19 Your Future in Security and Loss Prevention


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