Crime scene cleaners are different from ordinary cleaners in that they are specially trained to deal with the aftermath of a crime.
Statistics show that the annual crime rate in the North West region is 24.4, that means 24.4 crimes reported per annum per 1000 workday people. Compared to the national crime rate, the North West’s crime rate is at 75% with violent crime making up 32.6% of all crimes reported in the region. The total number of “violent crime” is 172k, and this number has increased by 9.0% when compared year-over-year in the period of August 2020 – July 2021.
This means that crime scene cleaning isn’t a rare occurrence in the region and if you are reading this, it may be that you have suffered a traumatic incident that requires our help.
Our crime scene cleaners are trained to not only bring along the equipment and knowledge to deal with whatever has happened but also their compassion. They understand that this is an emotional situation and they need to respect the people involved as well as their property.
Their goal is to relieve you of the burden of a clean up, ensuring that everything is restored to you clean and sanitised.
Firstly, it must be stressed that not every crime scene is like something out of CSI, in fact, you may need a crime scene cleaner if someone has died a natural unattended death – ie. where a person passes away when they are alone and their body hasn’t been found for a while. But the one thing they will have in common is that there will be biological material around that is hazardous to health. There may be blood, bodily fluids such as urine, and vomit and other matter that carries the possibility of contamination. That is why a professional trauma cleaner will always wear the correct protective clothing before they attend the scene.
Once the crime scene has been thoroughly investigated by the police it will be released to the manager or owner of the property whose responsibility it is to organise a professional clean-up.
This work must be carried out in a way that complies with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The cleaning process will not only involve tracing and removing bodily fluids, but will also include decontamination and deodorisation as well as the removal of insect infestation.
If your home or business has been the scene of a crime or death involving blood and bodily fluids then you need to call in a crime scene cleaning company straight away. This is because it is a job that needs to be done by a professional and it has to be done fast. Simply washing away blood and other bodily fluids is not enough as dangerous bloodborne pathogens can live outside the body for days and even months. For example, HIV can be contracted up to four weeks after the event while MRSA can stick around for several months. Removing all traces of these and ensuring the place is thoroughly sanitised is paramount for the safety of you and for others.
When somebody is killed, commits suicide or dies unattended, there will most definitely be contamination, which is something a crime scene cleaner is totally prepared for. An everyday cleaner or homeowner just isn’t equipped in any way to deal with the task that lies ahead. A professional company will have an arsenal of equipment to enable them to return the scene to normality.
They’ll wear personal protective equipment (PPE), bring along biohazard waste containers, industrial strength deodorisers, hospital strength disinfectants, as well as traditional cleaning fluids and equipment. They’ll be able to dispose of anything potentially harmful in a safe way and do their utmost to ensure that anyone who lives or works on the premises is shielded as much as possible from what has happened.
Whether you are dealing with a situation involving someone close to you, or a tenant or neighbour, you really do not have to cope with the reality of crime scene cleaning on your own.
We provide trauma cleaning services across the North West and can ensure that whatever the situation we will be there to deal with it in a sensitive, safe and efficient way. Our specialists are trained to deal with situations where there may be large quantities of blood and other bodily fluids and because we understand that timing is crucial we can be there with you at short notice. If you need a crime scene cleaner and don’t know where to turn please get in touch with us.