I was just reading Lenore's blog over at Free Range Kids and was interested in the post on Stranger Danger.
I'm a free range mom. I parent under the belief that I am to work myself out of a job. By the time my kids are 18 or so, they should be able to take care of themselves (and me, as I tell them!). Because I don't hover every single stinking minute, I've taught my kids what to do when they get lost.
Find a store employee.
Find an adult (mom or dad) with kids.
Find a police officer or store security.
I've talked to them about people I've seen that scare me. Not too many of those, but I've told them that when they have a bad feeling about something, pay attention. That's their intuition warning them about something or someone.
It's a good feeling to be paged over the store's intercom because the kids got turned around in the toy section and promptly went to the checkout stand to page Mom. It's good, because I know they know what to do in a potentially frightening situation.