For the most part, criminals are looking for the easy mark. Who do you think is the easier target: the petite 100 pound woman striding through the mall with purpose, looking around her and demonstrating an awareness of her surroundings, OR the 6’1” 200 pound man plodding along looking at his phone and having no clue where he is?
If you were a criminal, who would you pick on: the woman rolling out of grocery store with a full cart, eyes watching both ways for traffic and other threats, or the two teenage girls wandering down the middle of the parking lot aisle so oblivious that they don’t even notice the 2 ton truck following them down the aisle?
Pay attention to your surroundings, keep your head on a swivel and move with purpose. Don’t make yourself an easy target and you greatly reduce your chances of being targeted!