ERS CLEANS UP AFTER CRIME SCENES
WHAT TO DO AFTER A BREAK-IN AT YOUR HOME:
- Call the police – The very first thing you should always do after discovering any sort of crime took place at your property is to call the right authorities. A burglar might still be inside, so do not enter your home until police have cleared the building.
- Do not interfere with the crime scene – Wait until after law enforcement is done investigating the scene before attempting to go through your things. There is a chance you could destroy evidence while trying to clean up.
- Take photos of the damage – Once you have permission to reenter your home, document everything you can. The photos can be used for your insurance claim.
- Make 2 lists of items taken or damaged – One list will go with the police to track down missing items while the other will be used for insurance purposes. If possible, retain a third list for your own records along with your photos.
WISCONSIN PROFESSIONAL CLEANING SERVICES FOR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
You may want to clean up the crime scene yourself. However, doing so will put you at risk. Broken glass and furniture create health hazards which our technicians have been specially trained to handle. Cleaning before an insurance adjuster has arrived may make filing an accurate claim difficult, while cleaning before the police have given you the all-clear may contaminate evidence.
In order to receive full coverage from your insurance, be as accurate as possible when listing missing or damaged items. For example, if your toaster was damaged, do not list “toaster” on your claim. Specify the make and model to the best of your abilities. This way, you will receive the full amount of compensation for the specific brand of toaster rather than the price for a generic substitute. Even including the year can increase your claim amount, as an item from ten years ago will result in far less than a recently purchased one.
ERS doesn’t just clean up your home after a break-in; we clean all types of crime scenes on your property. Our remediation technicians have handled everything from minor vandalism to suicide/homicide scenes. We board-up broken windows, do major and minor building repair, and remove signs of vandalism. Our IICRC-certified technicians are even trained in scene sanitation. We know how to properly clean and remove blood and bodily fluids which would otherwise create a health hazard in your home.