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In the early 1970 s, when art reached its current high

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In the early 1970’s, when art reached its current high levels of popularity and value, a rash of thefts of works by great artists occurred in major art museums around the world. But, after 1975, sophisticated new security systems were installed in every major museum. As a consequence, important thefts in major museums declined markedly.

Which of the following, if true, is strongest if offered as part of the evidence to show that improved security systems were responsible for the decline in thefts of important works from major museums?

A) The typical art work stolen during both the 1970’s and the 1980’s was a small piece that could be concealed on the person of the thief.

B) Premiums paid by major museums to insure their most important works of art increased considerably between 1975 and 1985.

C) The prices paid to art thieves for stolen works were lower during the 1980’s than the prices paid to art thieves for comparable works during the 1970’s

D) Thefts from private collections and smaller galleries of works by great artists increased sharply starting in the late 1970’s

E) Art thefts in Europe, which has the largest number of works by great artist, outnumbered art thefts in the United States during the 1980’s
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Re: CR - Security system of art museums [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2008, 10:48
I'll say D.

Thefts from smaller galleries and private collections increased because the improved security systems in major museums were a deterrent to would be thieves, therefore they went for easier pickings elsewhere.
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Re: CR - Security system of art museums [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2008, 21:02
Conclusion: Improved security systems were responsible for the decline in thefts of important works from major museums

A) The typical art work stolen during both the 1970’s and the 1980’s was a small piece that could be concealed on the person of the thief.[Piece of art work stolen is irrelevant to argument – Eliminate it]

B) Premiums paid by major museums to insure their most important works of art increased considerably between 1975 and 1985.[This could be due to increase in premiums costs or some other reasons – eliminate it]

C) The prices paid to art thieves for stolen works were lower during the 1980’s than the prices paid to art thieves for comparable works during the 1970’s [Price paid to art thieves is irrelevant to argument – eliminate it]

D) Thefts from private collections and smaller galleries of works by great artists increased sharply starting in the late 1970’s [Hold it – This choice shows there is increase in art theft.]

E) Art thefts in Europe, which has the largest number of works by great artist, outnumbered art thefts in the United States during the 1980’s [Art thefts in Europe vs. USA is irrelevant]

Answer: D
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Re: CR - Security system of art museums [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 06:56
I think it is B.
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Re: CR - Security system of art museums [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 07:15
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B) Premiums paid by major museums to insure their most important works of art increased considerably between 1975 and 1985.

Considerably greater insurance premiums don't influence on the number of thefts and mean considerably greater risk despite installation of sophisticated new security systems. i think it weakens rather than straightens the conclusion. D is the best one.
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Re: CR - Security system of art museums [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2008, 07:19
Definitely D -> major museums have sophisticated security systems -> no thefts, small galeries don't have such security systems -> more thefts.
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