The Hoarder Mentality

To you and I the inside of the hoarder’s home is a mess of clutter and confusion.

Random objects here and there, stacked to the ceiling, piles of paper, random objects of little apparent value.

While most of us have a sense of nostalgia and sentiment to keep memorabilia, the hoarder cannot seem to differentiate between memorabilia and garbage. Everything is of some importance and therefore worth keeping, just add it to the pile.

Hoarders have a recurring sense of a hatred of waste. A pair of shoes that are too small and out of style will have some purpose for someone someday, so the hoarder keeps them. The empty bottle the ketchup came in may be needed later so throw it in the pile too.

Hoarders love their stuff.

There are all kinds of theories why people hoard. Emotional attachments to stuff is easier to make than attachments to people for some. Its not just poor people who hoard. There have been reported cases of rich people who fill one house with junk and buy another one and do the same.

Hoarders are often resistant to treatment. For non hoarding people it is hard to understand why the hoarder has such a need to save a broken chair or every ticket stub from every train ride taken for twenty years but it happens nonetheless.

Hoarding is not classified as a mental disorder, rather a symptom of another disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Hoarding can be the result of a brain trauma, injury, depressive disorders and other conditions that may contribute.

The home of a hoarder causes many problems. The potential for fires is a big issue. Having beds that cannot be slept in because there is too much junk on them, furniture that cannot be used because it is covered in “treasures.”

Sometimes hoarders collect animals and the animals leave waste all over the house making a horrible, unsanitary mess that will require odor removal and disinfecting the area during cleanup.

Advanced Bio-Treatment professionals are skilled and trained to handle such situations. Our team of professionals will work hard to restore the property to its original condition.

Jobs can be scheduled within 24-48 hours. Email photos to ABT and we can estimate the number of technicians and dumpsters that may be needed for the job.

If you need scene cleanup and decontamination guidance, have questions about your payment options, which clean up and decon procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our scene cleanup services immediately, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

Advanced Bio Treatment a call at: 800-706-1420

Gang Related Crime On The Rise In Baltimore

Commonly a “gang” is thought of as at least three or more individuals who commit crime and identify themselves with a name or a sign.  The crime rate, particularly murder, is on the increase in Baltimore, largely due to gang related crimes.

More than 60% of fatal shootings resulted from execution style shootings in the head.

Authorities in Baltimore determined this was the result of gang wars and gang assassinations using a shot in the head. Needless to say there is a huge amount of crime scene cleanup needed in the city of Baltimore.

There are several types of gangs.

  • Street gangs -form on the streets of cities and and operate throughout the US.
  • Prison gangs – these criminal organizations form within the penal system and operate both inside and outside of prison (Incarceration apparently isn’t a deterrent to gang activity, in fact prison gangs are some of the most dangerous of all.)
  • Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (OMG) – use motorcycle clubs as a means to commit crime.
  • Neighborhood/Local – limited to specific neighborhoods or jurisdictions, these gangs often primarily form for the distribution and sales of illegal drugs.

According to FBI statistics from a 2011 report there are over 14 million active street, prison, OMG and neighborhood gangs which amounts to over 33,000 active gangs in the US.

Gang members are utilizing the Internet and social media to recruit new members and communicate with other members. Other ways gang members are operating is counterfeiting and pirating video games, movies, and other forms of media.

Gangs are responsible for about 48% of all criminal activity in some area jurisdictions and up to 90% in others! The statistics are alarmingly high.

Gangs are involved in a myriad of criminal activity including drug trafficking, human trafficking, murders, rapes, robberies and of late becoming more sophisticated in cyber crime.

Gang members are acquiring military style, high powered weapons, semi automatic weapons. AK47’s, making encounters with law enforcement deadlier and more dangerous than ever. High incidences of theft of guns, protective gear, grenades, and other controlled firearms were reported in 2009 in some Florida counties.

Imagine the devastation and crime scene cleanup from the heinous criminal activity of these gangs.

Advanced Bio-Treatment is trained and specializes in crime scene cleanup. Large cities often have a high incidence of gang related crime. Our service areas include Baltimore, MD., Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, New York , Kentucky and most states.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, while we hope you never need our assistance or ever deal with gang related crime, we are here to help if you need us.

Call us at: 800-706-1420

First Responders and Why We Love Them

First responders are typically trained in by the US Department of Transportation.

The first responders who is trained to give emergency medical care, generally speaking, arrives at the scene before the higher trained medical professionals do.

To be a first responder can mean being a volunteer, hours not defined, on the scene assistance. First responders can also be Police, EMT, Coroners, Medical Examiners, Military and other emergency personnel.

They face high stress under less than favorable conditions. On a regular basis, as part of their work they deal with emergency situations, trauma, natural disasters, even terrorism.

Advanced Bio-Treatment recognizes the hard work and effort of these very special individuals and consider our business relationship a partnership effort in crime scene cleanup. Most first responders do not work in the cleanup of the disasters, rather the bulk of their work is done beforehand.

ABT desires to keep a great working relationship with the first responders and we often provide catered meals for them on the job.

What challenges do first responders and crime scene cleanup professionals face?

These hard working individuals eyes behold scenes most of us can only imagine from what we see in television movies, dramas, crime scene investigation shows and such.

The aspects of crime scene go way beyond the event itself.  The aftermath of a murder, suicide, traffic accident, weather emergency, terrorist attack, go way beyond the first impact.

These heroes deal with the bleeding, the screaming, the agony and critical moments following the impact. They “hold the fort down” in an attempt to begin to return to normal day to day life.

The first responders often are traumatized by what they see but may not have any time to process their thoughts and emotions. This type of work doesn’t end, the next job will come along and the first responders and crime scene cleanup professionals may or may not have had a full night’s sleep. They may not have had a day off, a vacation, or time to regroup for quite sometime.

Obviously, to be a first responder or crime scene cleanup is a job for those with a strong stomach, compassionate and caring heart, even keeled emotionally, trustworthy, reliable and dependable person.

We at Advanced-Bio Treatment recognize and acknowledge the hard work and effort of the first responders and thank them for making our job a little easier.

Our 24/7 Cleanup Service Areas Include: Florida, Georgia, Washington DC, New York , Kentucky and other crime scene states

If you need scene cleanup and decontamination guidance, have questions about your payment options, which clean up and decon procedures your current insurance policy covers or require our scene cleanup services immediately, don’t hesitate to give to call us!

Advanced Bio Treatment a call at 800-860-4268