I stay VERY aware but don’t let any apprehension stop me from living my life. Having said that – after about 9 pm I am much more careful and less likely to be out walking about, if only because I feel less secure during those hours. I walk my small dogs in the morning and evening and always have pepper spray with me, but that is mostly to fend off the occasional stray dog from my little ones. Don’t talk on your cell phone or even have it in your hand, don’t carry a bag or purse in a haphazard way, and just stay alert. I find Petworth to be a very safe and friendly neighborhood now that I’ve taken appropriate security measures in my home.
It’s the effin Maryland drivers in the morning that I’m afraid of!!!