Crime Scene Cleanup 101

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Many people enjoy watching the plethora of true crime documentary programs on television. But until crime hits close to home, few people ever think about cleaning up a crime scene. Thankfully, there are crime scene cleanup services to take care of this daunting task for you should you ever need it. Here is what you should know.

When Can A Crime Scene Be Cleaned?

Anytime a crime occurs, nothing can be done until the area is released by law enforcement. The forensic technicians as well as detectives must first collect physical and biological evidence. Crime scene photographers also need to complete their work, preserving the crime scene with a visual reminder.

Additionally, the district attorney and other officers of the court may need to see the crime scene. Once everything law enforcement needs to do is complete, they will let the next of kin or the property owner know they can begin the cleanup job.

In the event of a suicide or an unattended death, once the body has been removed and the coroner has signed off, the area should be immediately cleaned.

Can The Next Of Kin Or Property Owner Perform The Crime Scene Cleanup?

Legally, there is nothing to prevent the next of kin or property owner from handling this themselves, but it isn't recommended. In fact, law enforcement personnel will often strongly caution people against this idea. Crime scenes can be extremely messy. Depending on the circumstances of the crime, this can be a grisly venture and is definitely not for the faint of heart. Family members are in the shock and denial stage of the long and arduous grief cycle, and this is the last thing any loved one should be undertaking.

Even if the property owner had no personal relationship with the deceased, the average person is not emotionally and mentally equipped, nor adequately skilled, to handle this type of situation.

How Is A Crime Scene Cleaned Up?

Crime scenes almost always consist of blood and/or other bodily fluids such as urine, fecal matter, and vomit. The unfortunate reality is that body tissues may also be involved. Going in with a bottle of bleach and a box of rags will not suffice.

Crime scene cleanup professionals will first assess the scene to determine what needs to be done. Bedding may need to be removed or carpeting ripped out before cleanup can begin. They will then follow industry protocol to thoroughly disinfect the area. Once the cleaning is complete, they will perform laboratory tests to ensure all biological evidence has been removed.


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