First of all, if somebody has a weapon, you give them what they want. No matter who you are, how bad you are, or who they are. A thirteen year old crack head will shoot you. Don't test it. I lived in a pretty bad neighborhood for many years. The trick is to not get mugged. The way to avoid being mugged, car jacked, or bothered in any way is to not be a target. If you look like you don't belong in the hood or you look soft, youre a victim. You need to look like you know where you are, why you're there, where your going and how to handle yourself. If I'm out walking alone in a bad neighborhood at night, I look mean. I have a line from an old Anthrax tune running through my head. "I'm Not Afraid I Am Not Afraid. Nothing Touches Me I'm a Walking Razor Blade" If you notice that people won't even really look at you, that's good. You know you don't look like a victim. The low lives will find an easy target. Some more pertinent rock lyrics from Pink Floyd: "When your on the street, you've got to be able to pick out the easy meat (with your eyes closed )" That is so true, so never look like "easy meat". I only came close to being messed with one time. There was three guys, punk teen / early 20's types, coming up the sidewalk toward me from the other direction as I walked home. When they get up to me one guy stops and says in an aggressive tone "you got any money on you?" I stopped and gave him my meanest look, fist clenched and responded in an irritated tone "I don't have any money - @#5$, I can't believe you'd ask me that - you got any money on you?" The ring leader just stammered "uuhhh, no " and all three kept walking.