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A recent study compared property crime rates on various streets in a metropolitan city with the amount of traffic on them and their ease of access. Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-trafiic areas,the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

Which of the following ,if true, would best explain the results of the study ?

A) Burglars generally avoid residences with home security systems,which are more common in busy metropolitan areas.

B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize

c)Two weeks after a given burglary , the likelihood of another's accruing greatly increases for any house within a half-mile radius

D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.

E)Burglars in urban environments often share information about which neighborhoods they are unlikely to be apprehended in .
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I think the answer here is D. Burglars will steal from areas that they are familiar with and not go out of their way to burglarize. If this is the case then it explains why homes in more traveled areas are broken into more often, vs. less traveled areas, because the burglars are not familiar with the area.

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A recent study compared property crime rates on various streets in a metropolitan city with the amount of traffic on them and their ease of access. Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-trafiic areas,the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

Which of the following ,if true, would best explain the results of the study ?

A) Burglars generally avoid residences with home security systems,which are more common in busy metropolitan areas.

B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize

c)Two weeks after a given burglary , the likelihood of another's accruing greatly increases for any house within a half-mile radius

D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.

E)Burglars in urban environments often share information about which neighborhoods they are unlikely to be apprehended in .

I took lot of time to fix this concept in my mind..

A recent study compared property crime rates on various streets in a metropolitan city with the amount of traffic on them and their ease of access. Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-trafiic areas,the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

need to think why between the bolded things..

A,B, C, E .. as those provide information which is not useful.

D gives us the info that is useful.

Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel
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A recent study compared property crime rates on various streets in a metropolitan city with the amount of traffic on them and their ease of access. Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-trafiic areas,the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

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I choose B below is why.Can somebody clarify my doubt ?
The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no place to drive cars(big car or whatever) they drive.

However, D
D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The argument says Low traffic and not NO traffic.Lets assume high traffic means 100 cars(ppl)/hour and low means 10 cars(ppl)/hour.And 5 out of 10 cars/ppl are burglars only.and they are spending most of their time performing......in low traffic areas. Hence perform burglaries there only.
Which can be actually contrary to the study and cannot explain it.
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I choose B below is why.Can somebody clarify my doubt ?
The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no place to drive cars(big car or whatever) they drive.

However, D
D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The argument says Low traffic and not NO traffic.Lets assume high traffic means 100 cars(ppl)/hour and low means 10 cars(ppl)/hour.And 5 out of 10 cars/ppl are burglars only.and they are spending most of their time performing......in low traffic areas. Hence perform burglaries there only.
Which can be actually contrary to the study and cannot explain it.

We Just need to show why the Burglars steal from high traffic areas.

Since that your doubt is on option B and D. Lets see why B is wrong and D is correct.

Option B: They can drive to any areas- low traffic or high traffic areas which has roads. Simply this doesn't explain why the burglary happens more in high traffic areas.

Option D: Since they spend more time in the High traffic areas. Also it says they spend more time on streets they travel frequently. So these burglars are more likely to steal from high traffic areas. This perfectly explain the contradiction in the stimulus.

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VarunBhardwaj wrote:
I choose B below is why.Can somebody clarify my doubt ?
The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no place to drive cars(big car or whatever) they drive.

However, D
D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The argument says Low traffic and not NO traffic.Lets assume high traffic means 100 cars(ppl)/hour and low means 10 cars(ppl)/hour.And 5 out of 10 cars/ppl are burglars only.and they are spending most of their time performing......in low traffic areas. Hence perform burglaries there only.
Which can be actually contrary to the study and cannot explain it.

We Just need to show why the Burglars steal from high traffic areas.

Since that your doubt is on option B and D. Lets see why B is wrong and D is correct.

Option B: They can drive to any areas- low traffic or high traffic areas which has roads. Simply this doesn't explain why the burglary happens more in high traffic areas.

Option D: Since they spend more time in the High traffic areas. Also it says they spend more time on streets they travel frequently. So these burglars are more likely to steal from high traffic areas. This perfectly explain the contradiction in the stimulus.

Hope it helps .

Thanks for your reply Gnpth but i think you didn't read my doubts so unfortunately i still have them.
Option D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The statement mentioned they frequently travel (They is burglars here) and did NOT mention which general public frequently travel. The area can be classified as high traffic areas when the general public frequently travel on that. Low traffic areas still have some traffic which is traveled by not many but few and these few could be burglars (i can safely assume that NOT majority of the people are burglars. So, I dont think that we can infer that the streets about which the statement is referring is high traffic areas.

Argument : The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no road to drive cars(big car or cars with ultra modern wifi,camera,latest weapons ) they drive.

Please point out the flaw in my reasoning.
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Gnpth wrote:
VarunBhardwaj wrote:
I choose B below is why.Can somebody clarify my doubt ?
The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no place to drive cars(big car or whatever) they drive.

However, D
D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The argument says Low traffic and not NO traffic.Lets assume high traffic means 100 cars(ppl)/hour and low means 10 cars(ppl)/hour.And 5 out of 10 cars/ppl are burglars only.and they are spending most of their time performing......in low traffic areas. Hence perform burglaries there only.
Which can be actually contrary to the study and cannot explain it.

We Just need to show why the Burglars steal from high traffic areas.

Since that your doubt is on option B and D. Lets see why B is wrong and D is correct.

Option B: They can drive to any areas- low traffic or high traffic areas which has roads. Simply this doesn't explain why the burglary happens more in high traffic areas.

Option D: Since they spend more time in the High traffic areas. Also it says they spend more time on streets they travel frequently. So these burglars are more likely to steal from high traffic areas. This perfectly explain the contradiction in the stimulus.

Hope it helps .

Thanks for your reply Gnpth but i think you didn't read my doubts so unfortunately i still have them.
Option D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The statement mentioned they frequently travel (They is burglars here) and did NOT mention which general public frequently travel. The area can be classified as high traffic areas when the general public frequently travel on that. Low traffic areas still have some traffic which is traveled by not many but few and these few could be burglars (i can safely assume that NOT majority of the people are burglars. So, I dont think that we can infer that the streets about which the statement is referring is high traffic areas.

Argument : The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no road to drive cars(big car or cars with ultra modern wifi,camera,latest weapons ) they drive.

Please point out the flaw in my reasoning.

i totally agree with varun agrawal... and that was the reason i too dropped D and chose B..........
HOW CAN WE ASSUME THAT THE BURGLERS FREQUENT HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS.....it could be that high traffic area has 100 vehicles at all times containing 2 burglers and low traffic areas have 10 vehicles with 8 burglers........how can D be correct..........B may still be acceptable....
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In Option B: It says the burglars drive to places they intended to steal, since they drive, they will be able to go to high traffic areas as well as the low traffic areas.

Does this explain why there is high number of theft in high traffic areas or the main road?.

Option D: Says that these burglars do their routine work. It is assumed that since these main roads are most likely be the places where these burglars travel. since they steal from frequently travelled places, the crime is high on these roads(main road) rather than on the low-traffic areas.

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guerrero25 wrote:
A recent study compared property crime rates on various streets in a metropolitan city with the amount of traffic on them and their ease of access. Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-trafiic areas,the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

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I choose B below is why.Can somebody clarify my doubt ?
The study states that crime rate is high in areas with high amount of traffic and their ease of access.
B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who [b]steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize[/b]
B states that burglars needs to drive to those houses to steal large and bulky items but as mentioned in the stem the area with low traffic might be in accessible , there is no place to drive cars(big car or whatever) they drive.

the both section which i have marked talks only about certain burglars so with B.. Hence wont explain much..

However, D
D)Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
The argument says Low traffic and not NO traffic.Lets assume high traffic means 100 cars(ppl)/hour and low means 10 cars(ppl)/hour.And 5 out of 10 cars/ppl are burglars only.and they are spending most of their time performing......in low traffic areas. Hence perform burglaries there only.
Which can be actually contrary to the study and cannot explain it.

B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize

the bold section which i have marked talks only about certain burglars so with B.. Hence wont explain much..

this is the only option I was left with when I did POE, as A,C,E i could easily eliminate but B little bit convoluted but add no info to explain the disparity.

I told myself that Burglars - performing routine , non criminal activities - they frequently travel..... given that he is a burglar why he performs non criminal activity in low traffic area..
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B says that burglars "generally" drive to the houses they intend to rob. First, B gives one no reason to assume that the burglars cannot reach low-traffic areas. In fact, if you read B as "burglars generally drive (and don't prefer taking other, less efficient forms of transport)", then it's more reasonable to assume that they will, in fact, take the extra effort to drive down to the low-traffic areas as they might believe they can "take the money and run" sooner. B does not provide any reason for one to assume the contrary.

The question says that burglary is more common in high-traffic areas and the last sentence indirectly equates high-traffic areas (traveled by both burglars and non-burglars) to streets the burglars (and non-burglars) frequent. D says that burglars are more likely to commit crimes in streets they frequent. D thus explains the increased likelihood of burglary in frequently traveled (= high traffic) areas.
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Thanks All for putting your efforts in explaining.
I guess this question had too much to assume and i am not really very convinced with any of the choices but D might be better.
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A recent study compared property crime rates on various streets in a metropolitan city with the amount of traffic on them and their ease of access. Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-traffic areas,the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

Which of the following ,if true, would best explain the results of the study ?

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Premise: Although some believe that burglary is more common in low-traffic areas
Premise: the study showed that a house on a main road was more likely to be burglarized than one of comparable value on a less frequently traveled street requiring many turns to be reached .

Analysis: People assume that the burglary does happen on not so frequented streets but the study shows something else.
We need to justify this.

A) Burglars generally avoid residences with home security systems,which are more common in busy metropolitan areas.
This goes against the premise as it tells us that the house in the busy areas is avoided by the burglars.

B) Burglars in metropolitan areas who steal large, bulky items generally drive to the houses they intend to burglarize
If this option is correct then why the house on the less frequented street is not affected as burglars can drive to them as well.

C) Two weeks after a given burglary , the likelihood of another's accruing greatly increases for any house within a half-mile radius
If this option is correct, then the both houses on main road and house on secluded street would be affected equally.

D) Burglars spend most of their time performing routine , non criminal activities and will usually commit crimes on streets they frequently travel.
This option explains why house on main road can be frequented by burglars. It tells us that the burglars frequently travel on the busy streets performing routine job. Hence it can be assumed that they would be well aware of the surroundings.

E) Burglars in urban environments often share information about which neighborhoods they are unlikely to be apprehended in .
If this option is correct, then the both houses on main road and house on secluded street would be affected equally.
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i Agree with you.The "Driving" aspect is not relevant here

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Let me try.

B says that burglars "generally" drive to the houses they intend to rob. First, B gives one no reason to assume that the burglars cannot reach low-traffic areas. In fact, if you read B as "burglars generally drive (and don't prefer taking other, less efficient forms of transport)", then it's more reasonable to assume that they will, in fact, take the extra effort to drive down to the low-traffic areas as they might believe they can "take the money and run" sooner. B does not provide any reason for one to assume the contrary.

The question says that burglary is more common in high-traffic areas and the last sentence indirectly equates high-traffic areas (traveled by both burglars and non-burglars) to streets the burglars (and non-burglars) frequent. D says that burglars are more likely to commit crimes in streets they frequent. D thus explains the increased likelihood of burglary in frequently traveled (= high traffic) areas.
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