Most consumers are not familiar with what crime scene cleanup entails. Popular culture closely associated the field with the highly technical and impersonal procedures that are popularized by primetime crime television shows. However, there is more to crime scene cleanup than hi-tech resources and analysis. In fact, it is important to focus on the individuals that are most affected by these scenes—the residents, employees or members of the public whose lives have been disrupted by a traumatic event.
For Aftermath, it is crucial for people to understand that crime scene cleanup is not only about disinfecting an area, but also helping affected individuals deal with an often-emotional situation and get back to their normal lives in a timely manner. Taking this approach, Aftermath strives to educate the public about the many misconceptions that apply to this necessary—but deeply misunderstood—industry.
Myth One: Law Enforcement Professionals Will Clean a Crime Scene
Investigators and law enforcement examine essential evidence at a crime scene. They collect important information, assess the scene and then move on to take the next step within a case. They do not typically have a cleanup team.
Furthermore, crime scene investigators may not just be taking away evidence. They could also contribute to or spread existing biohazards. Certain chemicals, sprays and other resources could further impact a home or other living area, complicating an already problematic situation. Crime scene cleanup professionals are adept in removing these materials in addition to blood and other biological waste.
Myth Two: Tax Dollars Pay For Crime Scene Cleanup
In connection with the above, some people assume that crime scene cleanup is a service that is paid by taxpayer money. However, it is important to recognize that once law enforcement and investigators are finished with their work, the property owner or victims are responsible for any cleanup.
This can be an incredible burden on many, especially those who are already struggling with unexpected expenses such as hospital stays or funerals. Fortunately, there are many insurance plans that cover crime scene cleanup services, and many states also have Victims Advocacy funds available. Aftermath Services is anational leader recognized by many insurance companies and makes an effort to ensure that these payment options are explored for the client.
Myth Three: Crime Scene Cleanups Help Solve Investigations
There is also a common misconception that crime scene cleanup crews play a part in resolving a case, or that it’s like “CSI” the television show. However, in reality, these teams are usually dispatched as soon as all investigating parties have collected evidence and examined a scene.
The job of professional cleaning crews is not to examine clues, but to clean the affected area thoroughly, meticulously and in an efficient manner. An article from The Houston Chronicle relates, “…the job involves removing hazardous material then cleaning the scene to eliminate all traces of the incident. The work requires a strong stomach as well as a degree of sensitivity as cleaners often encounter people who have recently lost their loved ones in violent circumstances.”
One Aftermath representative adds, “We are not solving crimes. We are cleaning up and recovering areas where crimes and other tragedies happen.”
Myth Four: Cleanup Crews Only Provide Services at Homicide Scenes
One myth Aftermath strives to dispel is that crime scene cleanup crews only work to restore and disinfect contaminated areas related to homicide and other crimes. An expert at Aftermath explains, “Crime scenes are actually not the bulk of our work. It is suicides and unattended death where significant damage to the area has occurred.” Whatever the biohazard, Aftermath crews are ready to assist nationwide.
Myth Five: Crime Scene Cleanup Crews Are Disrespectful to Victims
From the outset, a crime scene cleanup may seem rather impersonal. According to an article on Boston.com, “…the scene will be quarantined; plastic sheeting is erected and air scrubbers pump out the dirty air.” While professionals are required to wear biohazard suits and follow meticulous precautions to disinfect a given area, it does not mean that these crews are not connected to their work or that they do not care about the victims.
From helping customers understand what to expect in the process to assisting with insurance payments, Aftermath takes extra care to ensure that biohazard cleanup remains as simple and painless as possible for the individuals who have been personally affected by a tragedy.
If you or someone you know is in need of a profession biohazard cleaning service, contact us for assistance nationwide, 24/7 at 877-872-4339.