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Maxwell Investigations, LLC

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Steven Maxwell, Private Investigator.

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Holiday Awareness Tip 2

Posted on October 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM Comments comments ()
Hello Everyone,
   This week we will talk about the advantages of parking your vehicle in a public place. first of all the question. Which is better to park close to the door or just park where you can find a spot? This is the question we ask ourselves during the busy holiday rush. Are you the type of person that drives around to find the right parking spot or shop so early you are there when the doors open. I personally never let that worry ever bother me. I shop when I need and park wherever I can. Why is that. I keep awareness of my surroundings all the time. I also do everything to not look like a victim. Being in Law Enforcement since 1984 I have learned that most criminals look for the weakest victim to make it the easiest on themselves.  If you look vigilant and like you are ware and prepared these predators will move on to the next person. So the answer is don't get bothered about something that should be a happy occasion. Shopping for our loved ones should be a happy time. Don't sweat something like parking and don't worry about getting the closest spot to the door. Take your time and enjoy your experience. We will cover on the next tip how to be aware and prepared. let us know what you think.

Holidays are Coming Prepare tip of the week begins

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments ()
Holiday Preparedness tip of the week
We will be posting tips that will help your holidays be the best you can have by staying alert and staying alive. Check us out every week and let us know what you think.
Week 1 overview
Now that the Time of years is creeping up on us lets not let the predators of thieves "Creep up on us". Be aware of your surroundings when out shopping and parking at the malls. Too many victims become a victim just by not paying attention. The years of Law Enforcement and Military training always keeps me looking for trouble but when we go about our everyday lives things can happen. Be ready to protect yourself and your family at all times. Now is the time to "Be aware and get Prepared". Always keep your keys in your hand and ready to go before you get to your vehicle. A criminal can surprise you while you are fumbling in your purse or pockets looking and your hands are busy. let someone else be the victim not you. Just this weeks tip leading up to a safe holiday till next time thanks for reading

Self Defense Class

Posted on May 21, 2012 at 11:37 AM Comments comments ()
Steve Maxwell, owner of Maxwell Investigations LLC is offering a comprehensive, women and teen girls self defense class that begins with awareness, prevention, and risk reduction, and then continues with hands on defense training. The 2 hour class is designed to emphasize confidence and empowerment, while developing and enhancing options for self-defense. 
The class will be held at Jim's Place on 228 W. High Avenue in New Philadelphia on Saturday, June 16  at 1:oo pm.  The cost of the class is $15.  The class size is limited so please call 330-343-5169 or click on event registration to register.

Loved my CCW class!

Posted on February 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments ()
I just finished my CCW class this weekend with.  Wow, I can't believe how much I enjoyed it! I not only met some great people, but I learned a ton of valuable information and I feel much more confident in my abilities to protect myself and my family. 
The time on the range was everyone's favorite part.  We were able to practice loading & target shooting in many different scenarios; low light, close range, 50 ft range, multiple targets, etc. We learned how to "tap & clear" when we had a misfire and I had many misfires!!! The instructor was able to determine that the ammo I was using was bad.  He was right because as soon as I switched ammo I didn't have any misfires.
I would highly recommend this class to EVERYONE, even if you don't plan on carrying a gun. The instructor was Buck Myers and I have to say he did a "bang up" job! He is very experienced in this field and he is such a friendly and personable guy.  He really knows how to teach the subject without making it boring. 
I made some great friends in this class and we are already planning a class reunion...forget the covered dish, we are just bringing our guns!

What are your thoughts on concealed carry?

Posted on October 24, 2011 at 10:43 AM Comments comments ()
As a woman I feel I am more of a target than a man would be.  I feel that I would be somewhat defenseless in a situation when a male attacker would be bigger and stronger than me or if there were more than one.  I have taken a basic self-defense class that has given me insight on how to defend myself as well as how to not stand out as a victim.  However, I don’t feel any self-defense tactics can fend off an attacker as well as a gun can.  See the story below.
Vincent Lee Carson was wanted for another hotel robbery when he hid in the breakfast room of a Days Inn in Columbia, South Carolina. The female hotel clerk who came in to prepare breakfast “was about 100 pounds lighter than Carson and stood at least a foot shorter than him.” Carson attacked and held a knife to her throat.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Carson’s intent was not only to rob the motel, but also to rape the clerk. “There’s no doubt that was his intent,” said Lott. “Not only was he going to rob her, but he was going to sexually assault her. Now what was he going to do after that assault was over with, we don’t know.”
As Carson pocketed his knife and prepared to tie her up, the victim drew a .22 caliber pistol and shot him point blank in the chest.
In the previous robbery, Carson broke into the hotel room of “two elderly tourists” and took their money, cell phone, and vehicle.
This victim received permission from her employer to carry on the job after being “victimized in one of two recent robberies at the same Days Inn.”
Sheriff Lott said “Carter had a lengthy criminal record in New York and New Jersey.”
“He was a career criminal on a crime spree and would not have stopped except for what happened this morning.”
Lott concluded: “The bottom line — he is the one who caused him to get killed.”
By defending her life, this victim benefitted society by stopping future violence, too.

Con artists love social networks

Posted on September 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM Comments comments ()
Most social networks' users are hit by online scams almost daily - whether its the ubiquitous survey scam or the "share your cell phone number, get subscribed for a premium number service".

These schemes, however annoying they might be, are nothing when compared to those perpetrated by professional con artists that have discovered the advantages of hunting for their pray online.

"The Internet has made it simple for a con artist to reach millions of potential victims at minimal cost," says the North American Securities Administrators Association. "Many of the online scams regulators see today are merely new versions of schemes that have been fleecing offline investors for years."

Users of social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are usually the most targeted, since once a user accepts a scammer as a friend or contact/connection, his list of friends and contacts is made available to the con artist.

He can then approach those people as a "friend of a friend", and can used the information shared by them on those sites to quickly establish trust.

Eileen AJ Connelly says that these crooks employ the same tactics they would use on offline investors: they offer fast and high returns for little or no risk and they use professionally made bogus sites touting the scheme but offering very few details on it or about the company they want the target to invest in.

They avoid giving out written information about the investment, and can sometimes ask targets to set up online accounts to transfer the money. They also offer bonuses that make targets more likely to recruit family and friends into the scheme.

Luckily, there are mechanisms one can use and behaviors one can adopt in order to minimize the risk for themselves and their friends:
  • Don't "friend" people you don't know
  • Avoid sharing personal information on social networks or use their privacy settings to hide it from people you don't want seeing it
  • Use the Internet to your advantage - search for details about the investment opportunity, the company and the person who is trying to pressure you into investing. If there are very few search results on any of those search terms and those results are tied exclusively to this one scheme, chances are the crook is using a fake identity. If you are lucky, there might be also information online about previously duped users who are trying to warn others about the scheme
  • Don't be swayed by testimonials - they might be faked or written by the first few investors that did get the promised huge returns in order to add to the legitimacy of the scheme
  • Don't be afraid to "sleep on it" and ask advice from state agencies and associations that are set up to protect investors' rights.
Author: Zeljka Zorz, HNS News Editor

We choose to be a victim

Posted on August 18, 2011 at 4:40 PM Comments comments ()
I believe that we choose to be a victim by the way we carry ourselves and certain traits that human Predators look for. A Predator is a predator whether a Lion or the Eagle. The common thread is all predators prey on the weak, or those that appear weak and an easy target. How do you let the other guy look easier than you? Tell me what you think.

Danger awareness/Self Defense Class for Women

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 11:39 AM Comments comments ()
Steve Maxwell, owner of Maxwell Investigations LLC is offering a comprehensive, women and teen girls self defense class that begins with awareness, prevention, and risk reduction, and then continues with hands on defense training. The 2 hour class is designed to emphasize confidence and empowerment, while developing and enhancing options for self-defense. 
 The class will be held at Jim's Place on 228 W. High Avenue in New Philadelphia on Thursday, July 21 at 7:oo pm.  The class size is limited so please call 330-343-5169 to register.

Coming Soon!

Posted on June 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM Comments comments ()
Coming soon:  Danger awareness/Self Defense Class for Women
In the near future we will be offering a class designed especially for women and teen girls. 

Are we protecting ourselves and our family

Posted on February 3, 2011 at 2:19 PM Comments comments ()
Tell us what you think, A
re you protecting your family from the predators out there. You might be surprised at your answers.
1) What security measures do you have in place should someone break into your house? Are you keeping them out?
2) How do you know that you aren't being followed?
3) Are you being targeted by a predator?
I will discuss the answers with you to make sure you are prepared.