Educating the Good Guys


Unfortunately, crime is a part of modern living even in relatively safe areas like Citrus County. Simply put, a single crime against you or a member of your family will feel like a catastrophic crime wave. It is with this reality in mind that the National Rifle Association (NRA) developed the "Refuse To Be A Victim" Seminar Program.

First offered in 1993, the "Refuse To Be a Victim" Program has provided thousands of citizens-young and old, men and women, urban and rural, with practical strategies and tips for avoiding criminals and their schemes. The program is based on the sound principal that the best way to avoid becoming a victim is through the development and implementation of a personal safety strategy before it is needed.


Keys to Refusing to Be a Victim





What Can You Expect at the Seminar?

Typically two to four hours long, the presentations can be customized for your group’s particular areas of interest or for women only, seniors, etc. Practical information is provided regarding such things as:

  • What criminals look for in potential victims

  • What products truly will help secure your home from a break-in

  • Practical ways of protecting your identity

  • Road rage avoidance

  • Workplace safety

  • Personal response options

  • Computer security

  • Safe shopping strategies

  • Many other topics..

The emphasis of the instruction is preventive in nature. Teaching is aimed at avoidance and making you a far less likely “easy victim” to those predators in our midst. It is important to know that the NRA respects your right to defend yourself by any legal means.

However, the "Refuse To Be A Victim" Seminar does not address in detail the use of firearms as a means of self- protection. However, “Less Than Lethal” devices such as pepper spray and stun guns are discussed. Please be aware, a large number of firearms’ use and safety courses are available through other NRA programs.

"This seminar and Mr. Wehrheim's instruction was excellent! The content and presentation of the course is very professional.

"I personally feel much more aware of the potential threats facing my home and family and have already taken action to implement some of the straight-forward recommendations.

"I highly recommend this course to anyone and encourage all homeowner/condo to sponsor one for their residents."

Andrew Maurer

President, Villa Lee Community Association

At the conclusion of the course, students receive a Certificate of Completion as well as a comprehensive personal safety handbook to take home for future reference.

Fees for the course depend on the length of time allotted, the nature of the event, and the level of participation expected for each seminar. Seminars are often sponsored by social, fraternal, and property owner organizations.


Have You Ever Wondered...

  1. What actually makes for a good home security system? Is it worth the cost? Best features?

  2. Are dogs really helpful in providing security? If so, what breed? Alternatives?

  3. A martial arts course sounds good (and healthy) but what type should I be taking?

  4. Are pepper sprays and knives legal to carry where I live? Size, type, proper use?

  5. How do I practically secure my home from a break-in without spending a fortune?

  6. The car behind me is right on my bumper and laying on his horn. Now what?

  7. Isn't becoming a victim a matter of bad luck? (Hint: NO)

This is a small sampling of the types of questions dealt with in the "Refuse to Be a Victim" Seminar. Time is allowed for questions from attendees regarding safety issues of personal concern.

Rick Wehrheim is the Director of HomeGuard Associates located in Homosassa, Florida. HGA provides products, seminars, and training for groups and individuals concerning safety and security issues. Mr. Wehrheim is certified by the NRA as an Instructor and conducts their "Refuse to Be a Victim" Seminars. His seminar program has been featured by the National Rifle Association newsletter. He is also a Certified Instructor for Security Equipment Corporation's "Civilian Safety Awareness Program."

Please contact Mr. Wehrheim with any questions or for any information regarding upcoming programs by phone (352) 503-6931 or email.

Groups and organizations may request a seminar and use it as a fundraisers well. Call for details. 


Certified Training

HGA conducts seminars:

  • On the proper use and deployment of non-lethal devices--with an emphasis on various types and containers of pepper spray
  • On tactics and hands-on training
  • With training equipment and actual state-of-the-art devices along with reference materials
  • Customized for your organization and its specific needs (including a specific program for college students away at school)

Limited class size. Call, write or email HGA for additional information and scheduling, (352) 503-6931.

Civilian Safety Awareness Program


Certified Instruction

Sabre Personal Safety Academy: A Simple, Affordable Solution to Keep Your Family Safe! What you will learn:

  • Risk reduction strategies to help discourage potential threats
  • How to protect yourself at a safe distance
  • The best self-defense techniques to escape an attacker
  • How to protect yourself during high- stress encounters
  • The best techniques to deploy pepper spray safely and effectively

Call to schedule your presentation with HGA today!