When a violent crime happens, the damage that it leaves behinds can impact many people, both physically and psychologically. One aspect that many do not think about is the mess that a violent crime leaves behind.
The victims of a violent crime are only one part of the damage. The crime scene location also suffers damage that can linger for a long time. That is why it is so important to turn to a professional when it comes to crime scene cleanup.
What is Crime Scene Cleanup?
A violent crime can cause damage in different ways. Property damage is only one aspect of what may require a professional cleaning. The scene may also contain biological hazards that are left behind in cases where violence or a death occurred. The investigation by the police leaves more of a mess to clean up, such as fingerprint dust or tear gas. It is important to make sure that the entire crime scene is properly cleaned and all the hazards from the crime scene are completely removed. Professional crime scene cleaners have the knowledge and the tools to make this happen.
What Goes into the Cost?
There are many factors that go into determining the cost of cleaning up the crime scene. It’s not possible to list all these factors as each crime scene and every situation is unique with many variables to take into consideration.
Most of the factors are out of the control of the person or place affected by the crime. The amount of time that goes by before cleanup starts will depend on when the crime is discovered and when the authorities complete their investigation. The amount of physical damage at the scene depends on the crime that took place. Each crime scene cleanup is different and that is why it is important to get the professional out to the site as soon as possible.
Paying for the Cleaning
There is a cost for the cleaning of a crime scene, there is a common misconception that police or forensic investigators clean up once the scene has been released. In reality, the burden falls on the owner of the property. It is possible for insurance to cover all or part of the cost. If unsure, it’s advised that the property owner contact their insurance company to get the details of their insurance policy. Here at Advanced Bio-Treatment, we help our clients during this difficult time and will be happy to deal directly with their insurance company.
There are also several other ways we assist our customers with the cost of crime scene clean up:
- We usually do not require a deposit to begin work, even if the customer has insurance.
- We offer assistance with the deductible when applicable.
- For customers that need financing, we offer payment plans if needed.
- Finally, we have a couple discount options:
- We offer discounts for “Preferred Vendors” as well as repeat customers.
- We also offer “quick pay” discounts for those who pay at the time of service or within a short timeframe.
Choosing a Crime Scene Cleanup Company
Since it is hard to give an exact cost of the cleanup of the crime scene, we recommend that those in need of our services give us a call to speak with one of our representatives. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, every day of the year, crimes and accidents don’t take days off and neither do we.
It is normal for people to shop around for the best price, but for some things, cheapest isn’t always best. As with many industries, you get what you pay for. Here at ABT, we aren’t the cheapest, but we’ll certainly be the best. We take pride in working with our customers and their schedules.