A few months back my wife and I (married 33 years) stopped at a convenience store while traveling. She got out first while I was still busy in the car. As she got out I was watching her because there was a "street person" nearby, and I speculated that he might hit either of us up for a buck or smoke. Nothing happened and after I went in I asked my wife did she see anything "concerning" outside? She denied seeing anything, and after I told her, she admitted she didn't even see this guy. She admitted that she feels very safe when she is with me, and I took that as a nice compliment, but I can't be with her all the time, and she needs to enhance her own situational awareness. After that little scenario I can tell she is doing much better about observing her surroundings.
So, with that being said, encourage your lady friend to keep her eyes and ears open, even when you are there or not. Maybe she'd be agreeable to get her cc permit?