After a violent crime has taken place on your property, access will be limited until the police no longer need to check anything at the site. Once they provide permission, you’re free to begin cleaning up the scene. Rather than attempting to do it yourself, it’s best to leave the job in the hands of a team who knows how to deal with any sort of crime scene cleanup. Taking things one step further, you don’t need to be present while the cleaning is underway. Here are four reasons why this is the case.
The Sight is One You Won’t Soon Forget
If you’ve had no more than a fleeting glance at the crime scene before now, there’s no need to go back for a longer look. All you will accomplish is making it harder to forget what you’ve seen. Depending on how violent the crime happened to be, it may be hard to push the event to be back of your memory. Instead of having it pop up at random times during the day or night, it’s best to avoid seeing the site altogether.
The Recollection of the Scent Will Also Linger in Your Mind
It’s not just what you see that will become ingrained in your memory; you’ll also have a hard time forgetting the way that space smelled. Odors from body fluids, waste, and other contaminants may be brought to your mind without any warning. In some people, almost any similar scent brings the memories flooding back. By choosing to not be at the scene during the cleaning, you have the chance to avoid developing those memories in the first place.
Health Hazards are Significant
The amount of contamination at a crime scene can be much greater than many people realize. Choosing to stay away while the crime scene cleanup is in progress provides the opportunity for you to avoid exposure to anything that could trigger all sorts of health issues.
The team handling the cleanup knows what must be done to protect themselves from exposure to all sorts of contaminants. Thanks to the protective gear they wear and the equipment that they use, it’s possible to manage the cleaning in relative safety. Let them do the job and you can always take a look once the work is done.
The Professionals Can Work Faster Without Your Presence
You want this to be over as quickly as possible. That’s actually another good reason to stay out of the space until after the cleanup is complete. Professionals know how to deal with crime scenes in a way that’s structured and efficient. Your presence would only slow things down. By stepping away and leaving the cleaning in their hands, they are free to move as quickly as they can. Best of all, they are done faster but don’t overlook anything. Space will be pristine the next time you enter it.
Don’t attempt to deal with a crime scene on your own. Call in professionals who know how to thoroughly clean such a site. Choose to stay away until the cleaning is done. You’ll be glad that you did.