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The cities with the densest population have the highest ratio of police officers to citizens. Such cities also have the lowest rates of property crime without contact between perpetrator and victim. Thus maintaining a high ratio of police officers to citizens can serve as an effective deterrent to at least certain kinds of property crime.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The quality of training that police receive varies from city to city.
(B) High population density itself makes it difficult to commit a property crime that involves no contact between perpetrator and victim.
(C) Many nonviolent crimes in large cities are drug-related.
(D) A majority of the perpetrators of property crimes in densely populated cities are not apprehended by the police.
(E) Property crimes without contact between perpetrator and victim represent only a small proportion of overall crime.
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06 Aug 2007, 22:56
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The cities with the densest population have the highest ratio of police officers to citizens. Such cities also have the lowest rates of property crime without contact between perpetrator and victim. Thus maintaining a high ratio of police officers to citizens can serve as an effective deterrent to at least certain kinds of property crime.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument above?
(A) The quality of training that police receive varies from city to city.
(B) High population density itself makes it difficult to commit a property crime that involves no contact between perpetrator and victim.
(C) Many nonviolent crimes in large cities are drug-related.
(D) A majority of the perpetrators of property crimes in densely populated cities are not apprehended by the police.
(E) Property crimes without contact between perpetrator and victim represent only a small proportion of overall crime.

E.

Because if E is true, deploying a higher number of police officers can no longer be effective.
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07 Aug 2007, 00:20
I think its B as it provides an alternate reason why the property crimes are less.
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07 Aug 2007, 04:42
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07 Aug 2007, 12:59
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07 Aug 2007, 13:20
B - It gives high population density as the reason for low crime rate in the given case, instead of high police officers to citizen ratio.
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07 Aug 2007, 13:31
B for sure. It's giving the real explanation for the low rate of property crime.
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07 Aug 2007, 19:18
good job. OA is B
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08 Aug 2007, 04:03
Hold on ... whats wrong with D ?

As for B, maybe I just didnt understand it, but isnt D saying that because of the already existing high density, it is difficult for criminals to commit a property crime and have no contact with the victim ?

The statement says that the rates for this type of crime are low already, and D seems to just support that, not weaken it :-S
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08 Aug 2007, 09:09
straight B
08 Aug 2007, 09:09
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