I carry because I'm smaller and too old to fight.
Also carrying allows me to truly consider my actions and to not act rashly. I'm more calm and less easily riled just thinking to myself, "That a$$ doesn't know what I have in my bra holster!"
ericnot— you may live in the best neighborhood, but I bet you still have home insurance! If you truly want to know what is going on in your neighborhood, sign-up on spotcrime or similar e-mail notification. You'd be surprised. I mean, where are the crooks gonna go— a poor neighborhood— or to steal from a better one!