I wonder if there's not a bit of "What the...? Nobody carries around flashlights but cops! I'm oughta here!"
Sure, most people have one in their car but on their body? It's got to make people think. Maybe even, "Hell, if he's got a flashlight on him what else has he got?"
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.