I think most people don't care about 1) their cars and 2) they care even less about other peoples property (they aren't down with O.P.P)
I park as far away as possible in any situation, even at Chruch, and we have a 4-month old and a 5-yr old. I am fully capable of walking from the end of the parking lot and I don't need the aggravation of being in the first ten spots. If its raining I don't go out or I drop off the wife and wait in the car and listen to the Orioles lose or get on Jeep Garage on my phone
If I must pick a spot near another car I try to park next to the other "nice" cars; the 'vettes, 'stangs, 7-series BMWs, S-class Benz's, etc.
The hardest part was converting my wife. Her old Honda was in terrible shape! For a 2007 it looked like a 1997. But she has since seen the need to park far away, not out of fear for door dings but out of necessity - the rear doors on her R-Class are at least 3-ft long. She HAS to have open spots on each side of her in order to get the doors open for the kids to get out.