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Before Paul & Pret throw me out for overposting, i better stop

The police in Jamestown, Indiana have introduced a new crime prevention policy that includes random stopping of drivers, searching of houses, outlawing of guns, and other

strict measures. While the constitutionality of this policy is debatable, the positive results of it are obvious, because crime has dropped 40% in one year.
Which of the following, if true, most weakens the conclusion of the argument above?

A) Prior to the establishment of the new crime prevention policy, the crime rate in Jamestown was already relatively low.

B) Within a year after the establishment of the new policy, the population of Jamestown dropped by 50%.

C) In another city, the same crime prevention tactics only reduced crime by 2%.

D) During the year prior to the establishment of the new policy, only two persons had committed murder in Jamestown.

E) Within a year after the establishment of the crime prevention policy, there was a 50% increase in police brutality cases.
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14 Jan 2006, 17:53
I think B

B is the another cause (instead of stated) for the results.
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B it is!
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14 Jan 2006, 23:43
Agreed on (B).

***C is the trap answer always used by GMAC to deceive us. Most out of town/country/similiar comparisons are ususally out of scope and therefore incorrect.

Remember this: Out of town = out of scope
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15 Jan 2006, 00:12
Why not E guys..
Think of a scenario where in Police brutality cases have increased and this has led to fear among the criminals due to which the crime rates have gone down..
This gives us another cause that the new law is not responsible for the decrease in crime..
Anything wrong with my logic???
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15 Jan 2006, 00:22
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Why not E guys..
Think of a scenario where in Police brutality cases have increased and this has led to fear among the criminals due to which the crime rates have gone down..
This gives us another cause that the new law is not responsible for the decrease in crime..
Anything wrong with my logic???

Perhaps there could have been a 50% increase in police brutality rates, but such statistics could have been offset by a 200% decrease in burgaries and a 700% decrease in armed robberies.

Also, consider that maybe just 2 police officers were assaulted in the year prior to introducing the draconian "big brother" measures. That equates to only 3 officers getting punched in the jaw most probably due to the mounting frustration of humiliated Jamestown residents.

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15 Jan 2006, 21:34
hmm got ur point...
OA is ofcourse B..welldone guys
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