Should I always carry pepper spray in my pocket? You're always at risk when you walk down the street. You would think that your own neigborhood would be safe. But most assaults occur within 1 mile of a person's home or workplace. And the risk isn't just walking near your home or to and from a parking garage. A violent situation can happen anywhere, even at the local mall or in a restaurant. Violent assaults can also be committed for reasons of racial, sexual or other discrimination. If you are ready to defend yourself with pepper spray and send an attacker running, you will instead feel the emotions of victory.