Many of us are addicted to true crime. From our podcast selections—My Favorite Murder, Serial, Criminal—to our TV shows—Law and Order, Snapped, Unsolved Mysteries—true crime is everywhere we look.
Why do we have this seemingly strange fascination with true crime? There are several reasons, such as our feeling of having skirted death; as a rehearsal should we ever be in that situation; to explore the darker, more unexplored side of humanity. Some people leave a true crime movie feeling reassured of their own fates.
But when we watch or hear about these crime scenes, it’s easy to forget what comes after—the clean-up. This part of the show or conversation is usually glazed over, bringing listeners or viewers from the act of the crime to the interrogation room or courtroom. We never see who cleans up the scene or the crime, or when.
You might be surprised to learn who has that burden on their shoulders. Keep reading to find out.
Who Cleans Up a Crime Scene After It’s Investigated?
Law and Order SVU doesn’t make crime scene clean-up a part of the show—and it’s easy to understand why. Cleaning up a crime scene is a tedious process that involves taking careful safety measures, using harsh chemicals, and witnessing the result of traumatic events. Simply put, it’s not an easy job.
With that in mind, you might think that professionals are automatically called to a crime scene, but the fact is, they aren’t. If a crime scene occurs in someone’s household, police will investigate, and any bodies will be removed. Then, whatever’s left after evidence is collected is in the hands of the homeowner.
It’s a common misconception that police or another law enforcement entity would have these issues settled. Unfortunately, loved ones are often in charge of cleaning up. If that’s too difficult, kindly neighbors or friends may step in.
Even still, it’s recommended that they don’t—more on that later.
Undoubtedly the best choice for crime scene clean-up is that of a professional. We discuss that next.
Why You Should Delegate the Cleaning Process to a Professional
Crime scene clean-up is a kind of biohazard remediation—which is the process of cleaning and neutralizing a scene, usually one that’s intense by nature. That includes crime scenes, drug labs, and the like. That name alone alludes to the seriousness of the situation.
Cleaning a crime scene isn’t like cleaning the house.
It requires a special process with personal protective gear and a particular protocol that keeps the cleaners safe. Professional crime scene clean-up includes the cleaning up of blood, bodily fluids, and other harmful or biohazardous materials that remain at a crime scene after it’s investigated. Professional cleaners also know the proper state and federal protocol regarding biohazardous material handling and disposing of.
In addition to cleaning, professionals also introduce microorganisms to the scene, which break down and consume environmental pollutants and biohazards—such as blood or bodily fluids. This process is called bioremediation.
So, if you’ve had a crime occur at your home, business, and other property, it’s crucial to call the professionals. They have the necessary skills, training, and stamina to complete the job safely and timely. Your average person doesn’t know the state and federal protocols required to clean up a crime—and if they’re in a state of shock, they shouldn’t have to learn.
What Does the Crime Scene Clean-Up Process Entail?
After a crime occurs, the police are called and arrive on the scene to investigate.
The investigative process entails observing the scene and collecting evidence. After evidence is collected and everything is checked out, law enforcement leaves to continue working. Someone like a coroner or an ambulance will take any bodies of deceased or injured.
What’s left is usually a traumatic scene that includes blood or bodily fluids. The crime-scene leftovers are never pleasant, and, as you’ve learned by now, they’re the responsibility of whoever lives or owns the dwelling. If that’s you, you’ll want to take the following steps.
First, remove yourself from the scene of the crime and don’t attempt to clean anything up. As we discussed above, cleaning a crime scene can be dangerous or unsafe. Create distance from the location.
Next, find and call a professional cleaner in your area who can arrive quickly. Since crimes are so unpredictable and can happen at any time, it’s essential to find a service that operates 24/7, so the scene can get cleaned up as soon as possible. They should arrive quickly and, depending on the scene, be able to estimate how long the job will take and when they’ll be done.
Finally, it’s time to begin the healing process.
Crime Scenes Are Difficult Places—Leave the Clean-Up to Someone Else
It’s unfortunate that neighbors, family, friends, business owners, or loved ones are tasked with cleaning up a crime scene. As much as this traumatic chore should go to someone else, that simply isn’t the case. Cleaning up crime scenes typically falls on the next of kin, which can be quite challenging and even unsafe.
We implore you to consider hiring a compassionate and thorough cleaner to do the job for you. At Spaulding Decon, we take an approach that keeps family and friends in mind. We move swiftly, carefully, and with good intention.
Click here to reach out to us 24/7 for any of our crime scene clean-up needs. Our teams are ready to respond in a timely manner.