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    Why Proper Mitigation is Essential for Preserving the Value of a Home Where Crime Was Committed

    Last updated 1 year ago

    One of the lesser-known costs of violent crimes is the threat of “crime scene stigma,” or a home labeled in the eyes of buyers as undesirable due to violent events in the past. If a violent crime has occurred at your home or property, it is essential to mitigate the damage as soon as possible to preserve its resale value.

    The Likelihood of ‘Crime Scene Stigma’

    With more than 16,000 murders and many more violent assaults occurring in the United States in the last year alone, crime scene stigma is a common problem in the real estate market. Many potential buyers are hesitant to purchase a home in which a violent event has taken place. This is especially true for homes with visible signs of the violence such as bloodstains on floors and walls. This effect is especially pronounced in properties where high-profile murders or violent events have taken place.

    The Impact on Home Values

    While no reliable data exists on the impact of violent crimes on home prices, anecdotal evidence points to significant drops in value in many cases. In a feature on the issue in USA Today, author and real estate consultant Randall Bell said that a house in which a murder or violent event has taken place will typically sit on the market two to seven years more than normal. He often recommends extensive remodeling or address changes for homeowners facing the problem.

    Mitigating Signs of Violence

    If a violent event has occurred in your home or property, the first step you will want to take after emergency personnel leave the scene is to thoroughly clean up the area. A professional biohazard removal firm can do so safely and efficiently, cleaning up any and all signs that a violent event has taken place. This will not only make the space safer; it will also help to mitigate the effects of crime scene stigma that befall other properties.

    At Biohazard Response, we responsibly and safely clean up scenes of homicide, suicide, and trauma for home and property owners throughout the Orlando area. If you, a loved one, or an associate has been a victim of a violent crime, call us today at (407) 277-0006 for 24-hour emergency service.

    How the National Organization for Victim Assistance Can Help You

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The National Organization of Victim Assistance, or NOVA, is a recognized leader in providing help to victims of violent crimes. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, it provides a range of free services to victims during their time of need. If you or a loved one has been a victim of a violent crime, read on to find out how this organization can help you.

    Advocating for Your Rights
    Victims of crimes are often surprised by the complexity of the U.S. legal system. By working with NOVA, you’ll have a trusted advocate to help you navigate the criminal justice process. The organization will help set up a meeting with a victim advocate in the Orlando area. From there, your advocate can explain the laws involved with your case and the best way forward. All services are provided with a focus on protecting your right to due process and to be treated with dignity and compassion.

    Providing Specialized Assistance
    Coping with a violent crime can be all the more frustrating when it seems like nobody understands what you are going through. That’s why NOVA offers crime victim specializations, with services unique to the crime you have suffered. Specialists are available to help in areas as varied as homicides, assaults, burglaries, and rape. NOVA can also give you access to the hundreds of organizations that focus on specific types of legal needs.

    Helping You Get Compensation
    Violent crimes are not only traumatic; they can also be very costly. Unfortunately, many crime victims are unaware of the compensation available for their expenses as the result of a crime. Depending on your jurisdiction, you could qualify for compensation for a host of expenses, including medical bills, funeral costs, or counseling services. Working with NOVA can help you gain access to the damages to which you are entitled.

    If you or a loved one has suffered a violent crime, the cleanup specialists at Biohazard Response can help get your home back to normal. We offer 24-hour emergency service with a focus on efficient service and compassionate attention. To learn how we can help you, call our Orlando office at (407) 277-0006.

    Discover More About Trauma Cleanup and MRSA When You Click These Links

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Never underestimate the dangers associated with a trauma scene, or with MRSA. The infections and other diseases that come with each can have long-lasting impacts on your health. While you should always leave the handling of biological health hazards to professional cleaners, you can better understand how to protect yourself against them by following these links:

    • Familiarize yourself with the Mayo Clinic’s complete guide to MRSA for an overview of the bacterial strain and its effects.
    • The University of Tennessee’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety has published a presentation on the dangers of blood-borne pathogens in the workplace.
    • To draw awareness to the growing problem of MSRA, the MRSA Survivor’s Network publishes stories shared by those who have been affected by the infection.
    • Blood stains can lead to mold growth if they are not completely cleaned up. You can learn about the potential dangers of mold in this handy information sheet from the New York Department of Health.

    For more information on trauma scene cleanup and preventing the spread of pathogens, call Biohazard Response at (407) 277-0006.

    What to Do if You Are Faced with Cleaning Up a Trauma Scene

    Last updated 1 year ago

    After a violent crime or accident, it’s important that the scene be cleaned up as thoroughly as possible. However, never try to clean up the scene yourself. Even police and fire departments do not clean up trauma scenes; it requires the skills of a professional biohazard team. If you are confronted by a trauma scene, follow these steps to minimize the risk of harm.

    Vacate the Area
    First and foremost, you need to leave the area immediately. The longer you stay around the spill, the higher your risk of suffering health problems from the bodily fluids themselves or pathogens released by the injury. Restrict access to the spill area at once to prevent anyone from slipping, contracting germs or viruses, or accidentally stepping in the substance and tracking it around on his or her shoes. Then, move to a safe distance from the contamination.

    Wait for the Professionals
    Once the trauma scene has been cordoned off and all family and pets are out of the house, call a professional biohazard cleaner and do not re-enter the house under any circumstances. Even if the cleaning crew can’t make it to your house for a couple of days, don’t be tempted to clean up the mess yourself and be done with it. Due to the hazardous nature of bodily fluids, specialized equipment and training are necessary to eliminate any health threats. Blood can’t just be mopped up—besides being difficult to remove from flooring, it can also stir up dangerous airborne pathogens. If inhaled, these pathogens can cause a laundry list of infections and diseases, from hepatitis to meningitis. Get out of the house and stay out, and book a room at a nearby hotel if necessary.

    Under no circumstances should you ever try to clean up a trauma scene yourself without waiting for your local certified trauma scene cleaner. Biohazard Response has provided the Orlando area with efficient crime- and trauma-scene cleanup services for 23 years. We also service messes left from hoarding or piled-up trash. Call (407) 277-0006 to get in touch with our staff—we are here to serve you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Know the Warning Signs of Suicide

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Suicide has become so common in the United States in recent years that many leading health officials have declared it a public health crisis. Don’t let this happen to someone close to you. There are many potential indicators of suicide, and if you notice any, you should intervene right away.

    As this video shows, more than 32,000 Americans commit suicide every year, leaving behind countless loved ones to grieve and wonder if they could have prevented the tragedy. It’s important to familiarize yourself with suicide’s warning signs, such as someone who takes up or increases substance abuse, prematurely setting their affairs in order, or displays serious mood swings. Click play to learn more.

    If a death of any sort occurs in your home or business, contact Biohazard Response of Orlando. We specialize in safe, efficient cleanup after homicides, suicides, and other potentially dangerous messes. Call our office at (407) 277-0006 with your hazardous cleanup needs.

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