It certainly didn't have
to be a "mall situation". A mall was just an example of a common place to have kids which is also a fairly uncontrolled place. There are lots of places to hide, lots of people to get in the way of finding lost kids, and TOO many doors. I suppose it speaks to my raised awareness as Jennifer points out.
I've heard that the stranger kidnapping is more of a myth, and I'm not sure if I believe that yet. Over 300,000 children go missing or abducted every year in the United States. There are about 70 million children in the country. Every person has maybe a 1% chance of being snatched away before survivng to adulthood. (According to: http://davidbau.com/archives/2007/02...tatistics.html
1% is a tiny percentage, but no percentage is acceptable.