When Your Home Becomes A Crime Scene
It’s your 27th wedding anniversary and you head out for a night on the town with the love of your life. You enjoy a great evening of dinner and dancing. As the night ends and you pull onto your street, you see red and blue lights flashing, police cars everywhere, and an ambulance IN YOUR DRIVEWAY. Confusion immediately sets in as you try to figure out what in the world is going on. As you walk up to your house, you inform the officers that you are the homeowners and ask what all the commotion is about. You simply can’t understand… why are they at your house? “Apparently, a burglar tried to break into your house by way of your back window and cut himself severely in the process. Because of his drug induced state, he didn’t think much of it so he continued his spree and broke into your glass gun case in an attempt to steal those weapons as well. This time, he severely cut his other arm. After rummaging through your entire house, he realized the extent of his injuries and called 911 for help. He waited in your home, pacing back and forth and bleeding profusely until we arrived and transported him to the hospital” After picking your jaw up off the ground, you get permission to enter the house. However, the police STRONGLY suggest otherwise. They have seen all of the blood splattered throughout your home. They advise you to find a professional to help you because the blood may contain Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, and other deadly diseases. You had not really given that much thought but after the officer’s warnings of all the potential dangers, you call BioTechs and they respond immediately. This is a true story, we helped this family and returned their home to them once it was completely decontaminated and no longer posed a risk to their health. Click here to watch the news clip on this story.
Unfortunately, not all crimes are acts of strangers. There are crimes committed against us by those we love. Domestic violence should never happen to anyone. Ever. Period. But it does – and when it does, there is help for you. You are not alone. Your safety, as well as those little ones attached to you, is important. You and other family members may not face the fear of cleaning the scene because you love those involved and you feel it will not pose a risk to your health. However, cleaning the scene after a domestic attack may affect your psychological health. No one should have to witness the attack left behind at the scene, even if it is committed by those you love. Most often, the impact is much more challenging because it involves those you love. Trust BioTechs to help you begin to restore your life. Click on our National Resource Center on Domestic Violence link to guide you to the additional assistance you may need. www.nrcdv.org
After the police leave and the sirens fade, BioTechs steps in and provides discreet cleanup with compassion and care. BioTechs has provided affordable and compassionate crime scene cleaning since 2002. Since then, we have helped thousands of families, business owners, state and government facilities, and property owners after criminal, and often violent, crimes have occurred. You can trust BioTechs to help you in your time of need as well.
Texas courts collect funds from convicted offenders for the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund, (CVC). The state requires that reimbursement must be first sought from other resources such as homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, etc. As a secondary resource, CVC will reimburse families up to $750.00 for crime scene cleaning services. The Attorney General of Texas link below provides the application and further explanation of other benefits totaling a maximum of $50,000 for approved services. www.texasattorneygeneral.gov
BioTechs strives to help guide families as they grieve and search for answers. Just finding someone who you can express your feelings to or someone who can relate their own grief often helps. Below are some resources we hope will help you on your road to recovery.
Victim Assistance Links:
www.bereavedparents.org – Bereaved Parents of the USA -We, as bereaved parents, help grieving parents and families rebuild their lives following the death of a child.
http://www.gov.gg/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=3216&p=0 – Victim Support – Helping your child cope with the effect of crime
www.nrcdv.org – National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
www.fbi.gov – The FBI – Coping with Crime Victimization
www.victimsofcrime.org – The National Center for Victims of Crime -We are the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them.
www.texasattorneygeneral.gov – Attorney General of Texas – Crime Victim Services – Assisting victims of violent crime
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