Having a crime in your home can create a lot of problems. Whether it is a break in, an assault or even a death, the affects can be felt long after the crime is originally committed. So, what should you do if you find your property is the setting for a crime scene?
How will it affect you? And how can you deal with it in the best way?
In this article we will look at the solutions for this problem, and how you can resolve the situation in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Take immediate action
The best action to take upon a discovering a crime scene within your property is to not touch anything. Unless you find someone, who requires help or medical assistance, you should leave everything as it is, and immediately call 999.
As a precaution, it is best to go to a safe space and notify the operator of your exact location, as there could be danger still present.
Prepare for the aftermath
A difficult thing to deal with after finding a crime scene at your residence, is that you may be placed as a suspect. This often happens in cases at homes where the following has occurred:
- Illegal substances or contraband
- Unattended deaths
It can take several days to weeks before the medical examiner can rule out foul play, and even longer for you to be removed as a suspect.
If you had to defend yourself, resulting in the use of deadly force, it is best to call an lawyer straight after you call the emergency services, so you can protect your rights as best as possible. It is in your best interest to answer police questions or attend an interview after visiting the hospital for a physical and psychological examination.
If you have just discovered the crime scene however, you should follow what they tell you to do, and stay out of their way as much as possible, so you aren’t interfering with the crime scene or their work.
Sectioning off the crime scene
To protect the site of the crime scene, the local law enforcement will cordon off the area, in order to preserve it as much as possible for the forensic team to begin analysing thoroughly and carry it out until completion.
During this analysis, the area will be further protected by officers to make sure there is no further interference. Forensic officers will then be called in to document the crime scene as it was discovered, as efficiently and accurately as possible.
When you receive your property back
Crime scene investigation, by nature, is a very messy process. Forensic teams and law enforcement will of course treat your property with dignity and care. Often however, there are chemicals left over from identifying fingerprints or preserving samples, as well as any left-over human waste or tissue, such as flesh, blood or fluids.
At this point, you should turn to Swift Specialist Cleaning Solutions to tackle this problem for you. We understand that undergoing this is a very stressful process, and you should take time to recover from this experience, not cleaning it up.
We pride ourselves on our dignified and attentive services when it comes to crime scene clean-ups, and strive to provide the best service possible, especially through such a traumatic time.