The question of how to process a crime scene can easily be found on many Internet websites. Websites that offer “tips” for processing a scene are really more of a sales pitch to get you to subscribe to their website rather than giving good information. In many cases, these sites will give you only the most basic information that won’t help you in the long run. If you want good processing advice, you need to look at crime scene processing companies that have been in business for years and have processed hundreds or even thousands of scenes. These companies know what they’re doing and they won’t be expensive.
Some processing companies claim that they have the special equipment to clean up crime scenes. While some processing services do use “cleaning” equipment, they’re often no more thorough than what your local home improvement store is able to accomplish for a similar price. You may be able to find some special “cleaning” equipment from a crime scene cleanup company but, realistically, it’s not likely to be effective. Crime scene cleaning companies already have the necessary equipment to get the job done. They just don’t need your money.
Companies that process a crime scene may charge you an arm and a leg for the work. While it’s true that processing companies do charge more than your neighborhood home improvement store for their services, the difference isn’t usually that significant. In most instances, processing services will require you to pay them up front before they begin processing your scene. This way they’re sure they’re not going to come back after you’ve made several unnecessary trips without receiving any money.
It’s important that you do not make the mistake of thinking that just because a processing service requires you to pay up front, that you’re stuck with that requirement. Most processing companies will offer some level of flexibility. Depending on how long it takes them to clean up the scene, you may end up paying only a percentage of the entire project or nothing at all. Some processing services will also provide a list of items that they are unable to clean depending on the nature of the crime scene. If you ask about these options before you hire them, you’ll be able to plan ahead and make arrangements for what you need cleaned when you get the job done.
You should be aware that processing companies are not responsible for cleanup after they do their job. Unless you have a safety plan in place, you’ll need to take care of that yourself. For example, after processing a crime scene and processing the evidence, it’s important to secure the scene so it can’t be accessed by anyone else. It’s also a good idea to keep any evidence of damage to property in a secure location until you are able to safely clean up. This will ensure that no one sees any evidence that will give peace of mind to someone else.
One big decision you’ll be faced with is which company to use. It’s easy to pick a few that you like and go with them. However, this doesn’t mean that they’re the right ones to trust with your precious belongings. A reliable crime scene cleaning company should have an established reputation and have been in business for a while. They should have positive reviews from previous customers, they should be environmentally friendly and they should be willing to provide you with a written estimate of all work that they’ve done on the site.
Before signing a contract, find out how long the company has been in business. How many crime scenes have they handled? How many people have worked for the company? If you don’t know any company employees, you should ask for a recommendation from your local law enforcement agency.
When it comes to processing a crime scene, there are some decisions you’ll need to make. Fortunately, if you follow the steps listed above, you should end up with a clean, safe site. Just make sure that you do your homework before hiring a company. This way, you’ll know that your property is in good hands.