You’ve seen it on public streets, the outsides of houses and wrapped around the doors of businesses – a long cordon that states in a foreboding string of capital letters, “CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS”.
It’s when you see this that you know something awful, maybe even fatal, has probably just happened. But, you might not have thought about what occurs afterwards, when the police have finished their investigation and the site of a potentially distressing incident has to be cleared away.
But, if you’re a business or residential property owner, then it will be your responsibility to clean away a crime scene, not that of the emergency services, and it’s important to know that your property is being cleaned as thoroughly as possible, with the aid of forensic cleaning.
The benefits of forensic cleaning
The work of forensic cleaning is undertaken by highly trained individuals who strive to return your property back to a clinically safe environment after a traumatic incident.
It’s a grisly fact that a crime scene can be filled with a number of hazardous materials, including blood, faecal matter, seminal fluid and saliva, potentially causing the spread of HIV or Hepatitis C and B.
Yet, with the forensic method of crime scene cleaning, you can ensure that your property will be cleared away of all hazardous materials in a meticulous and methodical fashion, with certain companies even offering features such as ATP swabbing, which can be used to detect biological contamination, thereby ensuring a chemically clean area.
These companies will also remove any body parts from the scene and make sure that any dangerous objects, such as needles or shards of glass, are not still present at the site before they leave.
And, what comes part and parcel with the job is the need to be discreet and empathetic around the scene of a crime, with a sensitivity to a clearly delicate situation.
However, not all forensic cleaning is used on trauma scenes. In any property, for example, you might have a rat infestation that needs hygienically stabilised after eradication, or need potential disease scrubbed out after a flood. It’s really a case that if any part of your property has been put under siege by bacteria, disease or germs in an extreme form, then a forensic clean-up is your best bet.
In your home or place of work, it’s important to know that you are safe, especially after an upsetting and hygienically unfriendly incident has occurred. That’s why the next time you walk past a “CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSS” barrier or have a nasty hygiene scare, think about the people you could call in to make your property safe again.