This occurred to me after seeing a poor guy laboring to deal with a flat - in yeah - a darned parking lot, late in day, twilight!
I offered to help - and did - seeing as he had little clue how to use the jack! I had BTW checked out all around and could not see this as a ploy. It was straightforward.
Made me wonder tho - it is dark - you come out from Mall (alone) - and notice your vehicle has a flat. To all outward appearances - ''just a flat'' - maybe nail. However, let us imagine (we are good at that!) someone stuck an awl into inner wall - so no obvious mark. They plan to rob you when you get to changing that wheel.
Problem is compounded by being alone - no one to act as lookout. Any thoughts as to your actions? I would naturally be cautious to Nth degree but - hard to watch six while doing this. Call AAA even?