How Crime Scene Investigations Work

Fact or Fiction: How Crime Scene Investigations Really Work

We’ve all seen movies and television shows like Law and Order that show how crime scene investigations work. Hollywood depicts the investigation process as seamless and the general public tends to get the wrong idea of how it actually works. Where does Hollywood get it right? Where do they tend to mislead us?

Not all of the CSI process on TV is misleading. After a crime or murder occurs, law enforcement officials and crime scene personnel work together to secure the area and collect evidence (picture yellow caution tape). The next step involves fingerprinting the scene and canvassing the area looking for anyone with information related to the crime. Crime scene investigators collect and analyze evidence taken from the scene of murders, robberies, sexual assaults, and other crimes. Evidence found at a crime scene can include anything from weapons, clothing, and fingerprints to fibers, human hair, and blood spatter.

Some people are surprised to find out that only a small portion of a CSI’s time is spent at the crime scene. The rest of their time is spent inside the law enforcement agency’s lab evaluating evidence under a microscope and documenting their results.

So who cleans up and decontaminates after a crime occurs?

One critical and often overlooked detail in the crime scene investigation process is that law enforcement officials and crime scene investigators do not have the knowledge or supplies needed to safely sanitize a crime scene. The responsibility of crime scene decontamination is left up to the family members and friends of the deceased.

Crime Scene Clean-Up provides crime scene decontamination and biohazard cleaning services to homes and businesses after homicides, suicides, assaults or accidents. We can help you quickly get back on track by cleaning the area of any dangerous or disturbing bodily fluids, and restoring your home or business to its prior condition. We understand how confusing things are at a time like this, and we’ll communicate with you every step of the way.

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