Security and Loss Prevention

Security and Loss Prevention

An Introduction

7th Edition - August 8, 2018

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  • Author: Philip Purpura
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117958
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117965

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Security and Loss Prevention: An Introduction, Seventh Edition, provides introductory and advanced information on the security profession. Security expert, Phil Purpura, CPP, includes updates on security research, methods, strategies, technologies, laws, issues, statistics and career options, providing a comprehensive and interdisciplinary book that draws on many fields of study for concepts, strategies of protection and research. The book explains the real-world challenges facing security professionals and offers options for planning solutions. Linking physical security with IT security, the book covers internal and external threats to people and assets and private and public sector responses and issues. As in previous editions, the book maintains an interactive style that includes examples, illustrations, sidebar questions, boxed topics, international perspectives and web exercises. In addition, course instructors can download ancillaries, including an instructor’s manual with outlines of chapters, discussion topics/special projects, essay questions, and a test bank and PowerPoint presentation for each chapter.

Key Features

  • Covers topics including Enterprise Security Risk Management, resilience, the insider threat, active assailants, terrorism, spies, the Internet of things, the convergence of physical security with IT security, marijuana legalization, and climate change
  • Emphasizes critical thinking as a tool for security and loss prevention professionals who must think smarter as they confront a world filled with many threats such as violence, cyber vulnerabilities, and security itself as a soft target
  • Utilizes end-of-chapter problems that relate content to real security situations and issues
  • Serves both students and professionals interested in security and loss prevention for a wide variety of operations—industrial, critical infrastructure sectors, retail, healthcare, schools, non-profits, homeland security agencies, criminal justice agencies, and more


Undergraduate and graduate students, security practitioners, military personnel, those studying for the CPP exam (ASIS International) and others engaged in security and loss prevention

Table of Contents

  • 1. The History of Security and Loss Prevention
    2. The Business, Careers, and Challenges of Security and Loss Prevention
    3. Foundations of Security and Loss Prevention
    4. Law
    5. Internal and External Relations
    6. Applicant Screening and Employee Socialization
    7. Internal Threats and Countermeasures
    8. External Threats and Countermeasures
    9. Services and Systems
    10. Investigations
    11. Accounting, Accountability, and Auditing
    12. Resilience, Risk Management, Business Continuity, and Emergency Management
    13. Life Safety, Fire Protection, and Emergencies
    14. Safety in the Workplace
    15. Terrorism and Homeland Security
    16. Protecting Critical Infrastructure
    17. Protecting Commercial and Institutional Critical Infrastructure
    18. Topics of Concern
    19. Your Future in Security and Loss Prevention

Product details

  • No. of pages: 772
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2018
  • Published: August 8, 2018
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128117958
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128117965

About the Author

Philip Purpura

Philip P. Purpura has been a criminal justice educator for more than 20 years. He has directed criminal justice, security, and paralegal programs, and has practical experience as a security consultant, expert witness, security manager, corporate investigator, and police officer. Mr. Purpura is the author of several other textbooks and numerous articles published in newsletters, magazines, and journals.

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