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Forensic cleaning and crime scene clean-up beyond the small screen

Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Crime scene clean up
React Specialist Cleaning is on hand with its forensic cleaning and crime scene clean-up service.

Sometimes television can dramatise everyday events to great effect. Hit TV shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS in the early 2000s certainly glamourised forensics. Picking up on the tiny traces which criminals had left behind was the stuff of fictional drama. More recently, the BBC followed real-life forensics experts in Forensics: The Real CSI. But what is rarely depicted on screen is what happens after the forensics experts have left the scene, when things need to return to normal. Forensic cleaning and crime scene clean-up represent a vital service – and one that React Specialist Cleaning can provide.

Crime scene clean-ups happen every day

So when might you require a crime scene clean-up? After a crime in a home or workplace, the resulting environment can present a wide range of risks. In some cases, this will involve bodily fluids and drug materials. Often, crime scenes are littered with broken glass and contaminated surfaces. And in every case, there will be some reminders of the fact that a crime has taken place.

One of the most frequent crime scenes in the UK are burglaries. Each year, there are over 1 million burglaries and attempted burglaries – or in other words, a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK. Most burglaries are not pre-planned but are committed by opportunistic criminals. Many burglaries occur because doors are left unlocked, so there may be minimal mess to clean up. But for a large number of victims, there will be broken glass left behind after door or window was forced open.

Other events are of course also treated as forensic or crime scenes. But they may need more careful consideration and sensitive handling, if there was violence involved, let alone if there was a fatality. In such cases, there may be body fluids or other hazardous waste left behind at the scene. Cleaning up after such an event is covered by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) regulations, to protect against the spread of pathogens. So it can only be undertaken by the most specialist of cleaners.

The forensic cleaning service delivered by experts

Our crime scene decontamination service offers peace of mind and a fast response. Our expert team will attend the scene promptly and return it to a safe and usable condition using industry leading materials. Where there has been a fatality, we work with the utmost sensitivity to ensure the minimum of trauma to survivors, whatever the circumstances. And our team always works to ensure the health and safety of residents and workers to ensure that things return to normal as soon as possible.

Real-life situations rarely play out like TV shows. But for the people affected by crime and its aftermath, every event is an emergency. React Specialist Cleaning is here to work to put things back together after a crime scene has revealed its secrets. And with forensic cleaning, we definitely want to make sure that nobody turns a crisis into a (TV) drama.

To find out more about our crime scene clean-up and forensic cleaning service, contact one of the React team today.

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Post by Shaun D. Doak

Shaun is the Managing Director of React Specialist Cleaning. He is deeply committed to making sure that every one of our company’s clients receives the highest possible level of service. An expert in HVAC and commercial and industrial cleaning methodologies, Shaun has extensive experience in the facilities management and renewable services sectors.


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