When a crime is committed, the aftermath can be overwhelming for everyone involved. The physical and emotional toll on the victims and their loved ones is immeasurable. Still, there is also a significant cleanup process that must take place in order to restore the affected area to a safe and habitable condition. This is where companies like Shepherd’s Disaster Recovery & Remediation come in. Our team of experts specializes in crime scene cleanup and is dedicated to handling the difficult task of restoring a space to its original condition while also providing compassion and empathy to those affected by the crime.

We can break down the process of crime scene cleanup into several key stages:


1. Assessment and Planning

The first step in the crime scene cleanup process is to assess the affected area and plan the cleanup process. Our team of experts will evaluate the extent of the damage and determine the type of materials and substances that need to be removed and disposed of. We will also plan the decontamination and sanitization process to ensure that the affected area is safe for reoccupation. This is an essential step as it helps us to understand what kind of cleaning process is needed, what type of equipment and personal protective equipment is required, and how long it will take to complete the job.

2. Removing Hazardous Materials

The next step in crime scene cleanup is to safely remove and dispose of any hazardous materials and substances that may be present at the crime scene. These can include blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious materials that may pose a risk to the health and safety of those who come into contact with them. Our team is trained and certified in the proper handling of hazardous materials, using specialized equipment and techniques to remove and dispose of these materials safely. We follow the OSHA guidelines and local regulations for hazardous waste disposal. This ensures that the waste is handled in an environmentally friendly manner and does not pose a risk to the community.

3. Decontamination and Sanitization

After the hazardous materials have been removed, the affected area must be decontaminated and sanitized to ensure that it is safe for reoccupation. This process includes using advanced cleaning techniques and specialized equipment to remove any remaining traces of hazardous materials and to disinfect the area. We use hospital-grade disinfectants that are effective against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. This ensures that the area is clean and safe for reoccupation.

4. Advanced Testing

As part of the crime scene cleanup process, our team uses advanced testing methods to ensure that the area is free from any potential health hazards. We test the air and surfaces for any remaining contaminants, and only after passing the test do we declare the area safe for reoccupation. This is a critical step as it ensures that the area is not only clean but also safe for the people who will be occupying it. This includes not only the victims and their loved ones but also any first responders, investigators, and other individuals who may come into contact with the affected area. We use state-of-the-art equipment such as air quality monitors, surface swabs, and ATP meters to test for any remaining traces of hazardous materials.

5. Restoring the Affected Area

Once the cleaning and testing process is complete, the affected area must be restored to its original condition. This includes repairing any structural damage, replacing any damaged or contaminated materials, and repainting or otherwise finishing the area to match its original appearance. Our team of experts can handle all aspects of this stage of the process, from making necessary repairs to coordinating with contractors and other specialists as needed.

6. Empathy and Support

While the science of crime scene cleanup is crucial, it is just as important to approach the process with empathy and compassion. Our team at Shepherd’s Disaster Recovery & Remediation understands the emotional toll that a crime can have on those affected, and we strive to provide a sense of comfort and support during the cleanup process. We work closely with victims and their loved ones to ensure that their needs are met and to provide any support and resources that may be needed during this difficult time. This includes providing emotional support, connecting them with counseling services, and helping them navigate the legal and insurance process.

Types of Accidents or Crimes We Clean Up

  • Homicide and suicide
  • Unattended death
  • Blood and bodily fluid cleanup
  • Hoarder and squalor cleanup
  • Trauma and accident scenes
  • Biohazardous waste removal
  • Methamphetamine lab cleanup
  • Arson and fire damage
  • Industrial accidents and spills
  • Tear gas and pepper spray decontamination
  • Vehicle and mass transportation accidents
  • Animal hoarding and decomposition cleanup
  • Crime and accident scenes involving hazardous materials
  • Decontamination and sanitization of commercial and residential properties.

Crime scene cleanup is a necessary step in the aftermath of a crime, but it is also a process that requires a delicate balance of science and empathy. Our team at Shepherd’s Disaster Recovery & Remediation is dedicated to providing both, ensuring that the affected area is safely restored to its original condition while also providing support and compassion to those affected by the crime.

If you or someone you know is in need of crime scene cleanup services, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are available 24/7, and our team will respond quickly to provide the assistance you need. We understand that this is a complex and stressful time for those affected by a crime, and we are here to help in any way we can.


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