Security and Loss Prevention

6th Edition

An Introduction

Authors: Philip Purpura
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123878465
eBook ISBN: 9780123878472
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 13th February 2013
Page Count: 728
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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.

Key Features

  • New focus on recent technologies like social networks, digital evidence warrants, and advances in CCTV, and how those apply to security and loss prevention.
  • Incorporates changes in laws, presents various strategies of asset protection, and covers the ever-evolving technology of security and loss prevention.
  • Utilizes end-of-chapter case problems that take the chapters’ content and relate it to real security situations and issues, offering various perspectives on contemporary security challenges.
  • Includes student study questions and an accompanying Instructor’s manual with lecture slides, lesson plans, and an instructor test bank for each chapter.


Undergraduate and graduate students, students at for-profit schools, security practitioners, military personnel, those studying for the CPP exam (ASIS International) and anyone interested in security and loss prevention for a wide variety of operations---industrial, critical infrastructure sectors, retail, healthcare, schools, non-profits, homeland security agencies, military, criminal justice agencies, other government agencies, etc.

Table of Contents


About the Author



Part I: Introduction to Security and Loss Prevention

1. The History of Security and Loss Prevention: A Critical Perspective


Why Critical Thinking?

How can we Think Critically?

Why Think Critically about the History of Security and Loss Prevention?

Security and Loss Prevention Defined


Early Civilizations

More Contemporary Times

Case Problems


2. The Business, Careers, and Challenges of Security and Loss Prevention


Introduction: Why is Security a Huge Industry?

Terms and Definitions of the Security Industry


The Security Industry

Careers: Loss Prevention Services and Specialists

Occupational Outlook

Limitations of the Criminal Justice System: Implications for Loss Prevention Practitioners

Challenges of the Security Industry

Case Problems


Part II: Reducing the Problem of Loss

3. Foundations of Security and Loss Prevention


The Security and Loss Prevention Profession

Methods for Protection Programs

Standards and Regulations

Evaluation of Loss Prevention Programs

Proprietary Security

Case Problems


4. Law



Judicial Systems

Origins of Law

Tort Law and Controls over Private Security

Legal Theory of Premises Security Claims

Contract Law

Civil Justice Procedures

Administrative Law

Criminal Justice Procedures

Case Problems

The Decision for “You Be the Judge”


5. Internal and External Relations


Internal and External Relations

Internal Relations



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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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Florence Darlington Technical College, Florence, SC, USA


"The sixth edition of this comprehensive resource for the security professional has been updated to be even more relevant…it now includes more topics related to the quickly moving field of information technology…a model overview of the security industry and a solid and reliable reference." and in ASIS Dynamics, May/June 2014
"The sixth edition of this best-selling book continues the tradition of providing introductory and advanced coverage of the security profession for both students and professionals…Globally recognized and on the ASIS International Certified Protection Professional reading list, the new edition contains updates on security and loss prevention research and methods as well as an all-new focus on recent technologies…how these apply to security and loss prevention."--SecurityPark online, December 16, 2013