Crime scene cleaning businesses and processing companies are all thriving in the modern age of crime. With all the new technology that are being put into use today, and with the millions of cameras that are recording everything that happens in the world every minute, it is much easier for something to be missed. In fact, there are more likely to be mistakes made on a crime scene than there are on a typical day. From processing video to cleaning blood stains, each and every aspect of the scene must be processed correctly. In this way it is easier to prevent false conclusions, save money, and expedite the recovery process. Here are some tips to help with processing a crime scene:
Are the people in the scene deceased or injured? Does the scene contain bullet or gun fire or another type of obvious source of death? Was the body burned or decomposed, and if so, has the presence of mold or other fungi been found? These are only a few questions that must be answered to be certain that there are no biological hazards that need to be addressed before processing can begin. Once these questions are answered, the scene can be properly cleaned.
How to Process a Crime Scene? There are specific and often time-consuming steps involved in processing a crime scene. One of these steps is determining if any DNA samples have been collected from the crime scene. If samples are gathered, testing can be done to determine if the samples belong to the deceased. This step alone may take up to three weeks, depending on the complexity of the crime scene and how thoroughly it has been processed.
Are the crime scene clean? After processing, it is necessary to make sure that the area is completely free of contamination and bacteria. This will ensure that the scene can be properly and safely cleaned. It may be necessary to conduct a cleansing treatment on some areas to rid any residual contaminants.
What do I do with the crime? The longer a criminal is on the scene the longer it will take for an investigator to correctly determine how the criminal came to be there in the first place. For this reason, it is important to have all crime scenes cleaned as soon as possible. Police often offer cleaning services at a reduced cost. If a cleaning company is not used, it may be possible to rent a pressure washer with strong air power that is designed to clean up crime scenes.
What about the odor left behind by the suspect? It is sometimes difficult for police to smell a fresh scent of murder, and this will affect the processing. A good idea is to have a newspaper or work station nearby so the odor can be vented outside the building. Be aware that police are trained to detect any scent that is present, so it is imperative that none is left behind.
How to Process a Crime Scene? Most processing companies that specialize in criminal activity assume that the crime scene has been processed already. However, police officers are always updating information. Be sure to ask how the processing is going, especially if you need additional information or photos.
How to Process a Crime Scene? If you are a professional processing service, these tips will help you know what to expect when meeting with your client and/or police officer. Good luck and happy processing!
What to Wear How to dress will make a difference in the way you process the scene. Police officers won’t let you through their doors unless you look professional, and they will take their time while processing your scene to ensure that no one is trying to get into the building. A good rule of thumb is to arrive an hour before the police. If the police tell you they cannot grant you access within twenty-four hours, stay away from the area.
What to Do If You Don’t Want to File For Cleaning As the saying goes, “You’re innocent until proven guilty,” there are some things you can do in order to avoid processing your own crime scene clean up. Ask the police if they would allow you to clean the scene with their equipment. If they would, request permission in writing. Many cleaning services ask for permission because they don’t want to put themselves in the same situation if they should accidentally dispose of evidence. Write down their written approval or denial.
How to Process a Crime Scene? As long as you follow the law and remain calm, there’s really nothing you can’t do when it comes to processing a crime scene. Just remember to be patient and careful. Don’t forget to ask questions. And most importantly, have fun!