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# Of every 100 burglar alarms police answer, 99 are false

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Of every 100 burglar alarms police answer, 99 are false alarms. This situation causes an enormous and dangerous drain on increasingly scarce public resources. Each false alarm wastes an average of 45 minutes of police time. As a result police are consistently taken away from responding to other legitimate calls for service, and a disproportionate share of police service goes to alarm system users, who are mostly businesses and affluent homeowners. However, burglar alarm systems, unlike car alarm systems, are effective in deterring burglaries, so the only acceptable solution is to fine burglar alarm system owners the cost of 45 minutes of police time for each false alarm their systems generate.

20. The statement that burglar alarm systems, unlike car alarm systems, are effective in deterring burglaries plays which one of the following roles in the argument?

(A) It justifies placing more restrictions on owners of burglar alarms than on owners of car alarms.
(B) It provides background information needed to make plausible the claim that the number of burglar alarms police are called on to answer is great enough to be a drain on public resources.
(C) It provides a basis for excluding as unacceptable one obvious alternative to the proposal of fining owners of burglar alarm systems for false alarms.
(D) It gives a reason why police might be more inclined to respond to burglar alarms than to car alarms.
(E) It explains why a disproportionate number of the burglar alarms responded to by police come from alarm systems owned by businesses.
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06 Jun 2005, 17:06
is it D ??
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06 Jun 2005, 17:18
between A and D I would go for D.
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06 Jun 2005, 18:04
I'll take C. Because burglar alarms are effective, the only pausible solution is to fine homeowners for false alarms. And no other alternative is acceptable because of the system's effectiveness (we're told the ONLY acceptable solution is to fine owners for each false alarm...)
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06 Jun 2005, 23:59
I'll pick C no doubt
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07 Jun 2005, 03:30
Between C and E, I will pick C.

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07 Jun 2005, 04:54
I will pick C.
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07 Jun 2005, 16:21
The OA is C.
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17 Oct 2012, 01:22
HI, I read your post and I found a nice piece of information.
Actually the burglar alarm systems are very famous and used by almost each and every family.now a day's it has become a necessity to stay alert if You are living in a Congested area.Even If you are living in an Isolated area like village side,It is advised to Install such system to protect your house for saving your home and lives too.that's why I always recommend to install the Burglar alarms.

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20 Oct 2012, 00:32
I l pick c too... It justifies, y police should continue attending house alarms
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20 Oct 2012, 02:34
Options other than C dont provide any relevant info. The option C states why it is justified to fine the homeowners (it is almost like a service fee) .
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29 Aug 2013, 09:32
Can somebody please explain why the answer is not A?
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06 Sep 2013, 05:55
kv18 wrote:
Can somebody please explain why the answer is not A?

we are not comparing Car and burglar alarms here... so A can't be correct.
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07 Sep 2013, 02:28
kv18 wrote:
Can somebody please explain why the answer is not A?

Hi KV 18,

A is not correct because the two statements do not logically follow.

The statement:

burglar alarm systems, unlike car alarm systems, are effective in deterring burglaries plays which one of the following roles in the argument

Suggests that burglar alarms are BETTER than car alarms because they provide a deterrant

It justifies placing more restrictions on owners of burglar alarms than on owners of car alarms.

Suggests that burglar alarm users should be penalised more than car alarm users.

Those two statements do not logically flow - because something is better you do not penalise people for using it.

The key thing in this question is just to look at the sections that are relevant. You could make an argument for A if you were analysing the whole passage, but you are not, just one segment.

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23 Nov 2015, 23:40
ANS = C - Police want to fine the owners - why not fine the manufacturers of those alarms. By saying that the B. alarms are better than C alarms, they imply that B alarm accidentally going off is not often. If they go off, it is because of the owners, not bcoz the B.alarms are bad, inefficient. C - Says it is a reason why police do not go to alternates (i.e. not fine the manufacturers.)
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