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The executive committee of the shopping mall announced [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2010, 22:16
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The executive committee of the shopping mall announced yesterday it will partner with city police to add more officers to the mall security force for the holiday shopping season. The mall security team, which consists of 10 officers, was deemed too small to keep shoppers safe after there were 44 armed robberies in the parking lot during last year's season. At least two thirds of the officers will be patrolling the mall's north parking lot, which sees the most traffic from shoppers.

Which of the following, if true, is the best basis for criticizing the plan to deter crime by adding additional security officers?

-Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping seasons yet, drastically increasing the number of people in mall parking lots.
-Police reports from the previous year show that most of the robberies occurred in the south parking lot.
-Some officers in the north parking lot will be directing traffic rather than patrolling.
-Security cameras have been installed on light posts in all parking lots, in the hopes of identifying armed robbers.
-There are a large number of entrances and exits to the parking lots, making isolating suspect cars difficult.

what do u thk is the OA?
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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 14 Apr 2010, 23:37
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I think it's B.

A. Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping seasons yet, drastically increasing the number of people in mall parking lots.- irrelevant
B. Police reports from the previous year show that most of the robberies occurred in the south parking lot. Correct. It weakens the argument "At least two thirds of the officers will be patrolling the mall's north parking lot"
C. Some officers in the north parking lot will be directing traffic rather than patrolling. - irrelevant
D. Security cameras have been installed on light posts in all parking lots, in the hopes of identifying armed robbers. - irrelevant
E. There are a large number of entrances and exits to the parking lots, making isolating suspect cars difficult. - irrelevant

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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 01:20
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IMO A.

We are asked to find the best critisism that shows that by adding additional security, it will be of no use to deter crime. As the retailers expect more people in the parking lot then adding more police there will be of no use.

-Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping seasons yet, drastically increasing the number of people in mall parking lots. [correct]
-Police reports from the previous year show that most of the robberies occurred in the south parking lot. [we are not asked or told where the robberies occuring]
-Some officers in the north parking lot will be directing traffic rather than patrolling. [close contender but not the best]
-Security cameras have been installed on light posts in all parking lots, in the hopes of identifying armed robbers. [does it help to deter the crime or help tracing the robbers :shock: ]
-There are a large number of entrances and exits to the parking lots, making isolating suspect cars difficult. [this is opposite to what is being asked]

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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 06:09
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Question is 'criticizing the plan to deter crime by adding additional security officers':

-Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping seasons yet, drastically increasing the number of people in mall parking lots.
>> If there are more number of people in parking lots, then there is a need for more number of security officers. This can not be a point of critisism.-Police reports from the previous year show that most of the robberies occurred in the south parking lot.
>> This talks about which parking lot had more crime in the previous season, which could be a point to critisize the statement of placing more security officers on north entrance. But is not right for our question of number of security officers.-Some officers in the north parking lot will be directing traffic rather than patrolling.
>> This could be a point to consider. But it specifies 'some' officers. Ruled out.-Security cameras have been installed on light posts in all parking lots, in the hopes of identifying armed robbers.
>> Yes. If the security cameras are installed in parking lots to identify armed robbers, why do more security officers are needed to identify armed robbers?. This criticizes the need for more security officers.
-There are a large number of entrances and exits to the parking lots, making isolating suspect cars difficult.
>> If there are more number of entrances, then more number of security officers might help to deter crime.

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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 07:19
+1 D

If more security cameras are being installed, then number of guards needed will be less.


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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 07:26
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B?

-Retailers expect this to be one of the busiest shopping seasons yet, drastically increasing the number of people in mall parking lots.
If one of the premises says the size of crowd attacts robbers, I'll pick this one. Otherwise it seems to be irrelevent.

-Police reports from the previous year show that most of the robberies occurred in the south parking lot.Mmm this one is a bit loose. But the most relevant and parallel to the plan details.

-Some officers in the north parking lot will be directing traffic rather than patrolling.
Irrelevant?

-Security cameras have been installed on light posts in all parking lots, in the hopes of identifying armed robbers.
This should not have any impact on the plan's effectiveness

-There are a large number of entrances and exits to the parking lots, making isolating suspect cars difficult. This may be the reason why at least two thirds of the officer will be patrolling the busiest parking lot
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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 07:50
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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 14:53
OA is B.

I went with C for this. B and C were my bet.
The question says plan to deter crime by adding additional security officers

So we need to find choices which states adding additional security was not going to help mall security.

B says adding additional security to the south wing when the lot of incidents happened in North wing last year. This is solely based on last yr's input and the passage gives no guarantee that lot of incidents will happen in the same wing this year too.
I chose C because it says the additional security was added to regulate trafic and not necessarily for security. Robberies can still happen even after adding additional security.
If the question can just said plan to deter crime, I would have gone with B .
Any idea why this option should be ruled out.?
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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 16:29
I think it is B..
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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 15 Apr 2010, 23:48
am I getting worse at solving CR or what?
I picked C based on the question being "to deter crime .....by adding additional security officers." If some of them are controlling traffic instead, it does not really support the argument about adding more officers.
The biggest drawback of C is "some." It could mean more than 1, leaving more than enough to concentrate on security.
B is definitely a contender, but I thought that since more crime happened in a parking lot when there only 10 officers, adding overall more officers would increase their presence in the vulnerable parking lot as well.

Well, as I write I feel B is a better choice than C. good one.
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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 22 May 2010, 01:10
Not convinced with the OA.

Report is on last yr records while this yr the situation can be different.

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Re: Shopping mall [#permalink] New post 24 May 2010, 11:04
I would pick (B) as it says that last year's report indicates that al robberies took place on south side whereas the plan is to have the police officers on the south side.
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