Very little in life is more devastating than being the victim of a violent crime (or having a family member that is targeted in this manner). If you or a loved one has been victimized in this manner, you may now face the daunting prospect of crime scene cleanup. Because of the physical and emotional challenges as well as the potential health risks associated with crime scene cleanup, you are wise to seek the professional assistance of an experienced, compassionate professional to assist you. Facing such a proposition, you undoubtedly have some significant questions about crime scene cleanup. Not least of these concerns is how must does crime scene cleaning cost?
The Eco Bear Crime Scene Cleanup Program
Eco Bear, the local, family-owned biohazard cleaning company, offers a special program for our neighbors who are the unfortunate victims of violent crime. We fully understand the unique challenges you face in the aftermath of a violent crime. We want to make the cleanup process as easy for you as possible. This includes paying the costs associated with crime scene cleaning.
If you are the victim of a type of crime covered by the California Victim Compensation Board and reside in Southern California, Eco Bear charges a flat rate of $1,000 for crime scene cleaning. $1,000 is the maximum amount CalVCB reimburses for crime scene cleanup.
Payment is due when cleanup is completed. We will provide you with a detailed invoice to submit to CalVCB when you seek reimbursement. In addition, we provide a series of before and after photos to ensure that your application for reimbursement is fully documented.
Types of Crimes Covered by the California Victim Compensation Board
The California Victim Compensation Board provides compensation to people who are the victims of crimes that result in:
- Bodily injury
- Threat of bodily injury
- Emotional injury (in certain circumstances)
Keep in mind that the Board not only provides compensation to the direct victim of a violent crime but others who’ve experience economic loss as the result of a crime perpetrated on someone else. Prime examples of such individuals include:
Other individuals may also qualify for compensation, depending on the unique facts and circumstances of a crime. For example, if a guest in a person’s home becomes the victim of a violent assault committed by an intruder, the homeowner may qualify for compensation from CalVCB for the costs of crime scene cleanup.
CalVCB delineates an exemplary list of violent crimes that can qualify for compensation. This list includes, but is not limited, to the following violent crimes:
- Hate crimes
- Drunk driving
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Human trafficking
- Online harassment
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
- Sexual assault
- Elder abuse
How to Apply for Assistance from the California Victim Compensation Board
The application for assistance from CalVCB, including crime scene cleanup compensation, is available at the Board’s website. The application itself is available in a number of different languages:
In addition to the application, supporting documentation also needs to be submitted to CalVCB. This includes:
- Police report of the crime
- Bills and receipts
- Other documents related to the crime and your losses
A completed application cannot be submitted to CalVCB electronically. Rather, the application and supporting materials must be mailed to:
California Victim Compensation Board
P.O. Box 3036
Sacramento, CA 95812-3036
There are Victim-Witness Assistance Centers located throughout the state that can assist in applying for assistance from the Board. The Centers located in Southern California are:
Victim Services: (619) 531-4041
Contact Eco Bear any time that is convenient for you to discuss all that is involved in crime scene cleaning. We can commence the process of crime scene cleaning at your home or other location immediately. We stand ready to meet all your needs thoroughly, safely, and compassionately.