There is safety in numbers. Beware of isolated places around shopping centers. Shop with friends. When walking to your car ask someone to walk with you, like a security guard.
Always accompany your children to the bathroom.
Park as close to shopping centers as you can, in well-lit areas.
Secure your packages, bags, purse, and valuables in the trunk of your vehicle, or well-hidden, someplace else inside. Thieves usually target cars with a known prize, like a bag filled with newly bought items they can see through the window. Also, LOCK YOUR DOORS!
Have your keys ready when you get near the car.