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Who Cleans Crime Scenes in the UK?

Witnessing a crime or its aftermath can be upsetting. If a crime has occurred on your property, then you’ll want to get the scene cleaned up as quickly and efficiently as possible after the police or investigators have attended and given you the go-ahead to do so.

Whether your property has been the scene of an assault, suicide, unexpected death, or murder, cleaning up a crime scene can be distressing and hazardous. This is why it’s so important to always ensure that crime scenes are cleaned up safely by a team of specialists.

Specialist crime scene cleaners will handle the situation professionally, sensitively, and with discretion, returning your property to its original condition and restoring safety as soon as possible to minimise distress to employees and disruption to your business.

What is a biohazard crime scene?

Some crime scenes require little in the way of cleaning, whilst others may require substantial cleaning and decontaminating.

The types of crime scenes that require the most thorough cleaning service are those that involve biohazards.

Biohazards are biological or chemical substances that may be harmful to human or animal health or the environment. Biohazards commonly found at crime scenes are human bodily fluids including blood, urine, vomit, and sharps.

Biohazard crime scenes must be cleaned up by specialists to avoid contamination occurring and prevent the spread of any viruses, parasites, infections, or toxins that may be present in the biohazard.

Who cleans up blood at a crime scene?

Blood is one of the most common biohazards found at a crime scene. Cleaning up blood can be messy and difficult as blood splatters can spread far and wide and it’s important to do a thorough job to prevent possible cross-contamination.

Human blood can contain a variety of different bloodborne pathogens including hepatitis C, MRSA, HIV, and hepatitis B, all of which remain present outside of the body, some for as long as several months.

If there is blood present at a crime scene, it’s important not to attempt to clean it up yourself and not to delay in calling in the experts to clean and decontaminate the area.

Instead, the job should be carried out by biohazard, trauma, or crime scene cleaning specialists using the latest and most appropriate protective clothing, equipment, techniques, and cleaning solutions for the job.

The longer blood is left on a surface, the more difficult it is to clean it up, particularly on porous materials. If left for too long, blood can stain some surfaces and materials which can cause a health hazard. If permanent discolouration has occurred which cannot be removed even with special cleaning solutions and equipment, then you may have to dispose of the damaged items.

Who is responsible for cleaning a crime scene?

Cleaning up a crime scene is a very specialist job that requires specialist knowledge and training to complete safely.

Many people wrongly believe that it is the responsibility of the police or crime scene investigators to clean up the scene of a crime, but this is not the case.

In fact, the police and crime scene investigators do not have the training and equipment required to do this. Instead, it is the property owner’s responsibility to arrange for and pay for the property to be cleaned up safely.

After the crime has been reported and the police and crime scene investigators have attended the scene, the property owner must wait until they have received written confirmation from the police that they can go ahead with arranging to have the crime scene professionally cleaned.

At this point, the property owner can call in a team of specialist crime scene or forensic cleaners to clean, disinfect, deodorise, and decontaminate the property.

 

What are the dangers of cleaning a crime scene?

Cleaning up a crime scene is an unpleasant and hazardous job that should not be carried out by anyone other than a trained professional.

Many crime scenes involve biohazards that can spread infections that may be harmful to human or animal health or the environment. The pathogens that may be present in biohazards are not visible to the human eye so it’s impossible to know if an area is contaminated with an infection.

The risk of attempting to clean up a crime scene yourself is that you will not know whether you’ve decontaminated an area unless you have used specialist products, equipment, and techniques and have been trained in how to do so safely and effectively.

Some of the pathogens present may also have the ability to become airborne, so it’s important to approach a crime scene with caution, sealing the area off if possible to protect everyone within the vicinity.

Specialist cleaners are trained in the dangers that crime scenes pose and wear appropriate protective clothing and take precautions to protect everybody nearby, the environment, and themselves whilst they decontaminate and sanitise the area.

 

Slime and Grime Cleaning crime scene cleaning services

Here at Slime and Grime Cleaning, we provide professional, discrete, and sensitive, specialist crime scene cleaning services to businesses all over the North West.

Our team of professionals provide fast-response crime scene cleaning services that take the stress out of cleaning up after what can often be quite a distressing event.

We will provide a methodical, thorough, and safe cleaning and disinfecting service, providing you with advice and guidance on the services required to return your property to a safe environment as swiftly as possible.

For more information about our crime scene cleaning services, give our team a call on 01616 368 4617 or email admin@slimeandgrimecleaning.co.uk.