I don't think any neighborhood is entirely safe at night. You like to think you’re free from harm when walking home at night, but apparently you're not. It seems every month there's a rash of attacks on women within a few blocks radius of each-other and for about a week or so. The neighborhoods change but the formula stays the same. Women walking alone between the hours of 12 and 3am on deserted although sometimes well lit streets. Which brings me to the #northamptonclown trending on various social media platforms (he's got a facebook page). If I've got this right, recently a random person started turning up on the quiet streets of Northampton England. Often at night, and always lurking creepily while holding a fistful of balloons, a teddy bear or a bouquet of novelty flowers. He . . . or she simply stands in poorly lit areas and waves - appearing all the more disturbing due to the sinister makeup. Countless terrifying photos have been taken of said clown, who looks none to similar to Stephen King's family favorite: Pennywise.
Here's what I propose - and I'm only half kidding, sadly: If you find yourself walking home alone in the wee hours, try donning a psychotic clown costume (bearing in mind all clown costumes are psychotic). I guarantee NO one's going to try and mess with you then. Really? Who is going to seek out the thing nightmares are made of as a potential victim? Worst case scenario, you have one of those daisies that shoots water, except instead of water it's mace.
Keep some dollar store balloons, face paint, a frizzy red wig and a set of fangs in your purse, and voila - the perfect anti-attack kit . I don't think the comical striped overalls and exaggerated shoes are even necessary. Clown from the neck up will have the desired repellent effect.