1. Always be prepared to leave, BEFORE you leave the store. Walking through a dark parking lot digging in your pockets or purse is a good way to get mugged. Thieves don't want trouble, they want your stuff, as quickly and easily as possible. If you are distracted, then you are a target. 2. Leave the store with no more purchases than you can carry in one hand... otherwise, use a cart. The faster you can get in your car, the less likely you are to be the victim of a robbery.