I have said it many times over the last few months, but it seems that some have either missed it, or are not understanding.
If you venture into low law level areas (below level 10) you will either need to gear up your ship to defend yourself, or take some friends with weapons.
The lower the law level, the more dangerous it becomes, so please, please be careful where you fly. Wander into a LL3 alone, and you will be destroyed VERY quickly!!!
If you get dragged into combat a LOT, it means that the area you are in (perhaps mining?) there are a lot of “bored” enemies, and you are a fat juicy target.
Please remember that if you lose the hull on your ship, you will lose your ship, and EVERYTHING in it (ship store, cargo store, missions), and equipped on it.
We are actively monitoring combat, and balancing it as necessary, but the intention was ALWAYS for there to be a risk in low LL areas !