Carjacking Crimes

Carjacking When most people think of a crime scene, they think of a street or the interior of a building or home. Rarely, however, do people think of a car as a crime scene. But we do. That’s because we clean our share of them. Automobiles are involved in bank robberies, drive by shootings, and burglaries; they are the tools used in kidnappings, rapes, murders, and the site of domestic violence. An auto can the weapon that ends a life when a motorist decides their right to anger is greater than another right to life; they can be the tragic element in an accident that leaves a family without a mother, a woman without a husband, or a parent without a child, and every year in the US, approximately 38,000 vehicles are carjacked (Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics - Crime Brief). A Suburban Family Merilee and her husband Matt followed all…

Workplace Violence: Dissatisfied Customers  

Workplace Violence When Dissatisfied Customers Retaliate Not all workplace violence involves one employee attacking or killing others. Many incidences of workplace violence involve a disgruntled client or customer attacking or killing employees. We were recently hired to sanitize a crime scene at which two people died and several others were seriously injured by an irate customer. Gloria worked for a well-known, large insurance company as a homeowner- and auto-policy senior underwriter. In her region, she was responsible for accepting or declining applications for policies and also for non-renewing policies with too many points (for at-fault accidents) or large claims against them. Even though a non-renewal or decline required two consenting opinions, it was she who initiated this particular non-renewal and also her name that was recorded on the final decision. Not all clients reacted well to having their policies declined or non-renewed because that made it especially difficult and expensive…

Workplace Violence: Terrorism in the Workplace

Workplace Violence The US Department of labor defines workplace violence as “any threat or act of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, or other threatening disruptive behavior that occurs at a worksite.”  Workplace violence is one of the leading causes of job-related deaths, according to OSHA. Annually, more than two million Americans face workplace violence. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that an average of 551 people each year were killed in work-related homicides in the United States between 2006 and 2010 (source: Daily Freeman News). According to CNN, in 2013, 397 fatal workplace injuries in the United States were classified as homicides. In the majority of workplace violence incidents, the attacker had displayed clear warning signs: Patrick Sherrill, for whom the term “going postal” was coined, had a mediocre performance record and had had a heated argument with two supervisors for which he was reprimanded the day before he showed up in…