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I’m moving out to Petworth/Georgia Avenue from a “more safe” area, and both my family and I would feel more comfortable if I had the means to protect myself in case anything should happen. What are my options to protect myself beyond self-defense classes? Do people in DC carry around pepper spray and things like that, or is it just not done/illegal?”
First and foremost, the most important thing to remember whether you are moving to Petworth or Logan Circle or H St, NE: Be aware of your surroundings; don’t walk alone at night with earbuds and/or talking on the phone; don’t walk home alone from bars; follow your instincts – if something doesn’t “feel right” to you – don’t walk down that street etc.
As for self defense options – a lot of people have recommended classes like Krav Maga.
We spoke about some other self defense options here, where we learned you can not carry wasp spray for self defense.