That is one of the most important things, I suppose. I had started off by carrying a PPK-type of gun in a soft-CD Case, then after contemplating the situation, that is the conclusion I came to. If mugged or otherwise attacked, they are going to take it from me, or knock it out of my hands. I walk about a block down a fairly dark road from my car to my apt, so this was something I thought about pretty thoroughly. I guess it depends on location, awareness and preparedness.Perhaps, It is my personal choice, I feel it works well for my needs.