Massage Parlor Shootings in Acworth and Atlanta

The massage parlor shootings in Acworth and Atlanta have left our community reeling. Whenever we at Georgia Clean hear of a violent crime, our hearts go out to the victims and those scarred by the terrible actions taken. We’ve seen the effects of damage done and the lives torn apart so many times, over and over again. Every time we enter the horrific scenes of a homicide or violent act, we see the blood, the spaces in disarray, and sometimes, the traumatized faces of those who experienced the event itself.

This week when we learned of the shootings in Acworth and Atlanta, our hearts broke for the precious lives lost, for those hiding in fear, and for the families whose loved ones will never come home. In the space of an hour or two, not only were our local communities left deep in horror and grief, but the rest of the country, too, is scared and fearful, especially those of Asian descent. With eight people killed in cold blood (six of them of Asian descent), one injured, and many more left trembling in fear while coworkers and clients died around them, the effects of these crimes are far flung and deeply damaging.

Indeed, the reality of this crime is still sinking in, not only for the three massage parlors and those directly affected, but for us all. Any crime committed is horrible. When it includes a large proportion of a group of people however, such as those of Asian descent, the ripples are felt in places far and near for years to come.

More than a biohazard cleaning company

More than a biohazard cleaning company, we at Georgia Clean see our work as more than crime scene cleanup or biohazard remediation. We see our work as serving our community by making the environments we live and work in safer and helping those who experience crime, accidents, or unexpected deaths, move forward in restored spaces.

At the very least, after the crime scene cleanup is completed at the three massage parlors/spas (Young’s Asian Massage, Young's Asian MassageGold Spa, and Aromatherapy Spa), those left behind can at least collect themselves and grieve in peace knowing the tasks of blood and body tissue removal, tasks beyond their abilities, are handled by those experienced in leaving behind a completely clean environment. In the shadow of what was taken from victims of crime, it may seem to be a small thing but disinfecting the spaces and removing the visible and invisible signs of the crime itself makes a world of difference to those who need it. Biohazard cleanup is our way to bring light to dark places.

As the communities of Acworth and Atlanta grieve and grapple with the reality of what happened last Tuesday, and the world at-large absorbs the implications, it is our hope those affected find the support and comfort they need. May they find the light they need among the dark shadows.

Georgia Clean is here to help

Georgia Clean is always here to help anyone throughout both the Atlanta and Acworth areas along with the wider state of Georgia who need crime scene cleanup or any type of biohazard remediation. No matter what you’re facing or how large or small the space, we have the crew and expertise to quickly handle the situation with compassion and skill. With emergency biohazard cleanup services available 24-7, we are always one phone call away to answer questions and help you through whatever biohazard issue you may be facing.

All our staff at Georgia Clean are thinking of the victims of these crimes and those left behind from the massage parlor and spa shootings in Acworth and Atlanta.

Atlanta Residents Calling in Crime Tips

Residents of Atlanta have recently taken a larger role in crime-solving throughout the metro area. Fed up with the even higher rate of violent crime throughout the city, people are doing something about it by calling in tips and providing information leading to arrests and convictions. Whether their reasons are due to the horrific nature of the crime, the cash reward for useful information, or to help lower the amount of violence committed upon fellow citizens, such tips can be vital when making arrests and cleaning up the streets.

People are frustrated with the crime in Atlanta

Between shootings, car jackings, and homicides, people throughout Atlanta are fed up with feeling unsafe and are scared for their lives and the lives of their loved ones. More than ready for strong change and attention to the growing problem, Atlanta residents are looking to do what they can by helping solve the crimes themselves and provide police with needed information.

People offering information on crimes keep anonymity

Anyone who calls in to report information and help solve a crime is 100% anonymous. If reward money for information is given, the tipster is given a control number over the phone they can then take to the bank where they are given cash. If additional information is needed, a person is always referred to by their control number, never their name. In this way, anyone offering information on a crime is fully protected.

Stress in Atlanta is high

In addition to the problems of addiction, homelessness and poverty, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to additional job-loss, evictions, and the stress of quarantines. This amount of problems can then lead to greater amounts of crimes being committed. At the same time, the police force is struggling to deal with these crimes by staffing all areas of the city and working with residents. With a police force under a stress of its own, officers are retiring or moving to other locations at an alarming rate. Even though the police force is working on hiring, training, and replacing uniformed police officers, it takes time to recruit new officers and slow the rate of turnover.

We can all help create a safe community in Atlanta

Lowering the rate of crimes committed cannot simply be a problem for the Atlanta Police Department and surrounding police forces to solve. As members of the community, we all have a responsibility to create a safe place for us all to live. Whether that is through providing information on crimes committed, providing mentorship, or small actions such as cleaning up litter around your block, we can each find ways to make our city of Atlanta a better and safer place to be.

Need crime scene cleanup?

If you have been the victim of a crime and need crime scene cleanup in Atlanta, Georgia Clean will be there with professionalism and compassion to help you restore your property so you can move forward. You can reach us 24/7 at 770-766-4562.

Have a tip for police?

If you have information on an unsolved crime, you can contact Atlanta police by calling their tip line at 404-577-8477 (TIPS) or by submitting a tip online at their Crime Stoppers website.

Rapper King Von and Two Others Fatally Shot in Atlanta

Rapper King Von Fatally Shot
In a tragic incident outside a hookah lounge here in Atlanta, Georgia, Rapper King Von and two other men were fatally shot. Though the police are still investigating what exactly occurred during the altercation, they do report that King Von, age 26, whose real name is Dayvon Bennett, was shot before police arrived at the scene. Through video evidence and eye-witness accounts, police know that King Von was shot and then taken by private vehicle to a local hospital where he tragically passed away shortly thereafter. In all, six people were shot in the fight and three of them tragically died. Several more bystanders in the crowd were injured as well including one person being hit by a car as the crowd fled the scene.

Just this week, police have arrested the person they believe fired the shots that killed King Von and he is currently charged and awaiting trial.

Georgia Clean is here for Atlanta crime scene cleanup

Our staff at Georgia Clean are sad this violence took place in our city but, as ever, are here to help clean the blood and bodily fluids from a property after violence occurs. As a property owner, don’t let the violence and tragedy continue by not cleaning the crime scene with the proper cleaning techniques and legal disposal of contaminated materials.

With years of experience working with Atlanta first responders and property owners throughout the Atlanta Metro area, our team of biohazard and crime scene cleaners know what it takes to create a safe environment after blood has been spilled. With the latest cleaning technology and personal protective gear, we’ll make sure that the blood and bodily fluids, whether seen or unseen, are all removed and the area disinfected. By taking these precautions and doing our work quickly, you can rest easy knowing the property is safe from any disease-causing viruses and bacteria.

Around the clock emergency crime scene cleanup services in Atlanta

If you ever need crime scene cleanup in Atlanta, our locally-owned company is ready to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With quality customer service and superior workmanship, we are your go-to emergency biohazard cleanup service for anything involving substances such as:

  • blood
  • bodily fluids
  • urine
  • feces
  • drugs
  • investigative chemicals

A solution is just a phone call away.

Our thoughts are with those grieving

It is hard for anyone to see young lives cut so short in senseless violence but it is especially hard for the friends and family of those who were lost. Our thoughts are with the loved ones as they grieve their loss.

Are Your Crime Scene Cleaners Licensed?

When you’re in a stressful situation such as dealing with the aftermath of a suicide or crime and want to get the mess taken care of as quickly as possible, it’s easy to pick the first crime scene cleanup company you find on the internet. If you do that though, you leave yourself open to being taken advantage of, robbed, and open to litigation and financial loss.

In a recent news article, a homeowner discovered that one of the crime scene cleaners they’d hired had stolen money from their home. Both reprehensible and inexcusable, a reputable crime scene cleanup company completes a thorough criminal background check and drug test on every single employee to make sure this never happens. However, only by doing your due diligence can you mitigate your risk.

Make sure the company you pick is licensed, bonded, and insured

Whichever company you pick for crime scene cleanup, it is important you make sure they are licensed, bonded, and insured. No matter if the situation is suicide, violence, or another such catastrophe, biohazard cleanup carries great risks for both you and the biohazard cleaning technicians. Reputable companies will therefore make sure they are properly licensed, bonded, and insured.

Licensing

In addition to obtaining a business license which enables the company to do business anywhere in the state, a reputable crime scene cleaning company will also complete all the training required for all needed licenses to transport bio hazardous material and work with specialized cleaning agents. For example, before any technician can do the work of a crime scene cleaner, they must follow OSHA Regulation 29CFR1910.1030. This regulation requires any employee involved in the cleanup of bodily fluids, infectious waste, blood, or other biohazards to:

  • Successfully complete training in blood borne pathogens
  • Be thoroughly acquainted with the company’s formal written blood borne pathogens plan
  • Be equipped with all necessary and required personal protective equipment
  • Have at least the first round of the hepatitis vaccine and work for an employer who will provide the full series of vaccines
  • Know the proper methods for legally removing, storing, and disposing of biohazardous waste. In Georgia, this requires a permit from the GA EPD.

Only by making sure the company you hire has all the required licenses to clean and transport bio hazardous waste, can you be sure all the employees are well-acquainted on how to properly clean and handle such materials.

Bonding

Being bonded means that a company has bought a bond from a surety company which will pay out when any damage has been done. Unlike insurance companies that can pay out far more than the money you have put in, a surety bond will only pay out as much as the bond was bought for and then hold the purchasing company responsible for any loss.

The benefit of making sure a company is bonded is that unlike insurance that can take a long time to pay for any loss, you won’t have to wait for payment as a bond pays for damages right away.

Insurance

All crime scene cleanup companies need to be well-insured before cleaning up any crime scenes. A good insurance policy will not only protect their employees, but also cover any damage to your property and yourself. Even though you may have property, rental, or homeowners insurance, it is still important for the cleanup company to hold their own insurance policy. By going through their insurance for any reimbursement of damages, you won’t have to risk your own policy by making additional claims or have to pay a deductible. In addition, the damage from a claim could exceed your policy limits and you would be held liable for the rest. A responsible crime scene cleanup company will carry their quality insurance.

Do your due diligence

Whichever crime scene cleanup company you choose, make sure they have done their own due diligence in the form of drug testing and background checks for every single employee. Also make sure they carry their own insurance policies, all appropriate licenses, and are bonded. Only by being sure of these things can you mitigate your own risk and be sure the company has your best interest in mind.

Contact Georgia Clean if you have any questions

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 770-766-4562 for immediate assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or by filling out our online contact form. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, and are dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive crime scene clean-up throughout Georgia. You can find all of our licenses and documents here.

Who is Responsible for Cleaning Up After a Crime Scene?

What do you do when you have been the victim of a violent crime or a crime has taken place on your property? After the police write their reports and the investigators talk to all the witnesses, what is left is a scene full of blood, drugs, chemicals, or other bodily fluids with no one else to handle it but you, the property owner.

As much as we would prefer the police to handle the cleanup as well as the investigation, the person responsible for cleaning up the aftermath of a crime scene is whomever owns the property. Whether it’s a home, business, or government land, none of us ever expect to be faced with the horrible aftermath and emotional trauma that a crime scene can entail.

Can I Have Someone Else Clean the Crime Scene?

Unless you are specifically trained to clean up bio hazardous material and have the proper permits to dispose of the resulting medical waste, it is always best to leave crime scene cleanup to the professionals. Only an experienced company with in-depth knowledge of the latest biohazard cleanup techniques should enter the crime scene area.

Do not leave this task to friends, family members, employees, or a regular cleaning company. Not only do they not have the skills required to thoroughly clean and disinfect the entire infected area, but you will be held liable for any related health issues they experience (not to mention the ensuing emotional trauma).

A profession crime scene cleanup company such as Georgia Clean not only has staff with specialized training on everything to look for and how to clean it up, but they also have professional-grade cleaners and equipment to make themselves and an area truly safe. Don’t risk yourself, your loved ones, or employees. Allow the experts to handle it so you and your loved ones can have confidence and peace of mind that the scene will be safe for everyone to use.

How do I pay for needed cleanup?

There are ways to pay for the needed cleanup on your property you may not have thought of:

  • Homeowner’s Insurance: Most insurance companies will cover the cost to cleanup and remediate your home after a crime has taken place. As most people don’t know about this benefit, call your insurance adjuster to clarify what your policy does and does not cover. Here at Georgia Clean, we have years of experience working directly with insurance companies and are happy to submit the claim on your behalf.
  • Crime Victim’s Compensation: Here in Georgia, we have the Georgia Crime Victim’s Compensation Program. Created by the Georgia General Assembly in 1988, they assist victims with expenses incurred as a result of a violent crime and encourage victims to participate in the criminal justice system. Covered expenses can include medical bills, funeral expenses, mental health counseling, loss of income or support, and crime scene cleanup.

Call Us if You Have Any Questions

If you have any questions about our crime scene cleanup services, call us 24/7 at Georgia Clean at 770-766-4562 and we’ll be happy to help.

 

If you are the victim of a crime, both the Georgia Crime Victims Advocacy Council and Atlanta Victim Assistance are eager to help you.