For anyone who considers personal safety an issue — whether in public, at home or work or in the car — Saturday's "Refuse to be a Victim" seminar may be time and money well spent.
Rick Danzey, a 29-year resident of the Victor Valley, will be conducting the seminar in conjunction with the Hesperia Recreation and Parks District at the Epicentre. Danzey has been a certified instructor in the seminar for two years.
The crime-prevention seminar, founded by the National Rifle Association (NRA), is designed to provide common-sense information geared toward awareness and avoidance of criminal attack.
"It's about how to refuse to be a victim to anything that is an outside influence on your life," Danzey said. "The seminar is about mental preparation, as much as the physical barriers."
Danzey, who spends much of his time trying to find ways to serve his community, views the seminars as a big part of that.
"When we look at the entire program, there are so many areas that it covers," said Danzey. "Whether it starts in the home, while on a shopping trip, vacation, or in the workplace there are steps to protect yourself."
Referring to numerous violent worker rampages, Danzey said that it is apparent workplace safety is an issue. He provides tips on how to be alert to the warning signs.
Danzey also hopes seniors will attend because they often have special needs. He wants to share the steps they can take to be safer.
"Some seniors have mobility issues," said Danzey. "Can most seniors move away from a situation that is threatening rapidly? Can they run? No."
The seminar gives everyone, and particularly seniors, options on how to optimize their safety when the threat is imminent and unavoidable.
Only a few minutes of the three-hour seminar is spent on basic gun safety. Danzey said there are no guns present at the seminar.
"I briefly cover the value of proper training for gun handling and securing weapons," said Danzey. "You don't go out and buy something without going through the proper training."
The seminar helps people to be more attentive to their surroundings in multiple situations and to learn techniques, beyond alarms, to better secure their homes and person.
The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. at the Epicentre, 17508 Hercules St., building C. Participants must register in advance at www.hesperiaparks.com. The fee is $30 for Hesperia residents and $32 for non-residents. For more information, call the district office at (760) 244-5488.
Danzey is available to provide seminars to corporations, businesses and civic groups. Contact him by visiting www.rickdanzey.com or by calling (760) 486-1218.