Many people assume that law enforcement or some related service will handle crime scene cleanup. However, this is not the case. If you own the property where the crime originated, you are responsible for cleanup! Though no clean up measures can be performed until authorities notify you that they have completed all on-site investigation and evidence collection.
Unfortunately, most people don’t have access to the equipment and professional-grade cleaning products to effectively clean a crime scene. Let alone access to the proper personal protection equipment or the training to safely clean up biohazards like blood, tissues, and bodily fluids.
At the same time, the emotional impact of a violent crime happening on your property or to someone you knew and loved, can be too much to bear. This truly is a time to turn to professionals like Affordable Remediation.
What Should I Do If I Find A Dead Body?
A dead body is a person who cannot be revived and has clearly been deceased for too long for medical treatment to restore them to life. This could also mean that the body has started to decompose. If you happen to be the first person to find a dead body in a public or private space, there are crucial steps you need to take.
First, you need to call 911 to alert the authorities. Second: Vacate the immediate crime scene. You don’t want to disturb evidence at the crime scene, while also limiting your exposure to any potentially dangerous biohazards. You also need to make yourself available to answer any questions the authorities ask. This might be when they arrive at the crime scene or later on in the investigative process.
Crime Scene Cleanup Requirements
Assuming the authorities have permitted you to start the crime scene cleanup process, there are a few requirements to effectively clean up a crime scene where a violent crime occurred. In the case of a homicide or suicide, the authorities will likely take the body away. Though the remaining tissues and bodily fluids will likely remain.
In some states, a crime scene where a violent crime occurred needs to be performed by a professional service that has been registered with the state. Depending on the details of the incident, records might need to be taken and documents turned over to the authorities at the end of the remediation process.