With all the mayhem on the streets: car jackings, robberies, etc.; take some extra security precautions when you go out. Always let somebody know where you're going, have a whistle, and do whatever else you think you need to do to be safe. I'm not saying to go get a gun because if you don't already have one, it would probably be used against you. But you may consider mace or pepper spray for added protection. All I know is that it's pretty nuts out there.