Crime Scene Cleanup Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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A declining crime rate is causing industry revenue to fall, as participants compete among each other for a decreasing number of jobs. As a result, firms must compete on price, which is causing profit to contract. Luckily for industry operators, crime is going nowhere any time soon. Although revenue is forecast to continue contracting over the next five years, well-established and experienced operators are expected to gain market share as unsuccessful firms exit. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Crime Scene Cleanup Services industry to its growing industry report collection.

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A declining crime rate is causing the number of available job to fall, contracting revenue

The Crime Scene Cleanup Services industry benefits from a strong underlying demand for the services it provides. Where there is violent crime, suicide or drug-related chemical contamination, industry services are needed. However, a moderately decreasing crime rate has ultimately limited the number of jobs available to industry participants over the past five years, says IBISWorld industry analyst Kevin Boyland. Consequently, industry revenue is expected to decrease 2.2% per year on average to $345.6 million over the five years to 2012. IBISWorld expects industry revenue to decrease a moderate 0.4% in 2012.

Due to the grotesque nature of crime scene cleanup and the potential risks associated with various chemicals and bloodborne pathogens, industry operators are able to charge a premium for their services. However, the potential profit garnered from operating in the industry, along with the relative ease of establishing a crime scene cleanup firm, attracted numerous participants to enter over the past decade. The result is that the current industry landscape is one of intense competition, with a multitude of firms competing for a limited, and slowly decreasing, number of jobs, says Boyland. As firms compete on price and aggressively market their services, profit is suffering. Over the five years to 2017, industry revenue is forecast to decrease. While a decreasing crime rate poses a threat to the industry and will continue to cause revenue to contract, crime, suicide and domestic drug manufacturing aren't going anywhere any time soon. Thus, jobs for industry participants will remain. The Crime Scene Cleanup Services industry has a low level of market share concentration. Small firms that specialize in specific cleanup services and regions dominate the industry.

The industry is in the mature stage of its life cycle. Over the five years to 2012, the number of firms has increased at an estimated average annual rate of 0.2% to 560. However, this trend is not expected to continue over the next five years as the number of enterprises decreases. Price competition and declining profit margins will support industry exits. As firms aggressively compete to obtain jobs, successful firms will rise to the top and unsuccessful firms will exit the industry. Firms that have well-established brand names and a long list of previous work experience will benefit the most. The more work experience a firm has, the more likely that firm is to be hired by a new client, further increasing their work experience. This self-perpetuating cycle may provide well-positioned firms the opportunity to grow their market share. Aside from a proven track record, successful firms will develop and maintain relationships with police officers, coroners, insurance companies and property owners of large buildings, such as hotels and apartment complexes. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Crime Scene Cleanup Services in the US industry report page.

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This industry provides a variety of cleaning services at crime and trauma scenes, including cleanup of homicides, suicides and other incidents where blood and bodily fluids are present. Additionally, the industry cleans and decontaminates chemically contaminated sites, such as methamphetamine laboratories. Industry operators are hired by the property owner of the site of the crime scene, although an individual’s or business’ insurance policy typically covers services.

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