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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County

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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County reached an average of 3 reported robberies
per month! Immediate measures had to be taken and Sheriff Sandberg was brought on board in December 2007.
Since then, in the following three years, the average has lowered to just 1.2 reported robberies per month!
Clearly, the number of robbery cases in the town has significantly reduced because of the new Sheriff's approach.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

A. The figure representing robberies reported as a percentage of total robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011.
B. 1.2 robberies per month is the lowest figure reported since the year 2000.
C. The overall crime rate in the entire state did not go down drastically during 2008-11.
D. In June 2008, the definition of 'robbery' underwent a change in the police terminology because of which many cases which would have been entire termed as robberies were not termed so now.
E. The support staff to the Sheriff remained duCring the period 2004-2011

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Re: Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County [#permalink]

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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County reached an average of 3 reported robberies
per month! Immediate measures had to be taken and Sheriff Sandberg was brought on board in December 2007.
Since then, in the following three years, the average has lowered to just 1.2 reported robberies per month!
Clearly, the number of robbery cases in the town has significantly reduced because of the new Sheriff's approach.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

A. The figure representing robberies reported as a percentage of total robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011.
B. 1.2 robberies per month is the lowest figure reported since the year 2000.
C. The overall crime rate in the entire state did not go down drastically during 2008-11.
D. In June 2008, the definition of 'robbery' underwent a change in the police terminology because of which many cases which would have been entire termed as robberies were not termed so now.
E. The support staff to the Sheriff remained duCring the period 2004-2011

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I go for C.

Upon negation: did go down drastically seems break the conclusion.This statement contradicts 1.2 per month after Sheriff's intervention. Drastically reduced means almost less i.e less than 1.2. Then this is the assumption.

Let me know if this is correct.
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Re: Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County [#permalink]

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pushpitkc wrote:
Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County reached an average of 3 reported robberies
per month! Immediate measures had to be taken and Sheriff Sandberg was brought on board in December 2007.
Since then, in the following three years, the average has lowered to just 1.2 reported robberies per month!
Clearly, the number of robbery cases in the town has significantly reduced because of the new Sheriff's approach.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

A. The figure representing robberies reported as a percentage of total robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011.
B. 1.2 robberies per month is the lowest figure reported since the year 2000.
C. The overall crime rate in the entire state did not go down drastically during 2008-11.
D. In June 2008, the definition of 'robbery' underwent a change in the police terminology because of which many cases which would have been entire termed as robberies were not termed so now.
E. The support staff to the Sheriff remained duCring the period 2004-2011

Source: Experts Global


I go for C.

Upon negation: did go down drastically seems break the conclusion.This statement contradicts 1.2 per month after Sheriff's intervention. Drastically reduced means almost less i.e less than 1.2. Then this is the assumption.

Let me know if this is correct.

I will go with E ....

It shows that staff is same for the previous sheriff as well as for the new sheriff it means its only the appraoch of new sheriif and because of that only ...the crime rate came down...

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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County reached an average of 3 reported robberies
per month! Immediate measures had to be taken and Sheriff Sandberg was brought on board in December 2007.
Since then, in the following three years, the average has lowered to just 1.2 reported robberies per month!
Clearly, the number of robbery cases in the town has significantly reduced because of the new Sheriff's approach.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

A. The figure representing robberies reported as a percentage of total robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011.
Correct. This means that the number of robberies actually reduced. We can conclude this by using the information given in the passage. We know that in 2007 the reported robberies were 3. Let us assume that the actual robberies were 10. So the % of reported robberies w.r.t. actual robberies is 30%. Now we know that in 2010 the reported robberies were 1.2. So if the percentage remains same i.e. 30%, then it means that the actual robberies also reduced. This supports the conclusion, hence the assumption.

B. 1.2 robberies per month is the lowest figure reported since the year 2000.
It might be the lowest figures but this option doesn't state either that the actual robberies reduced or that the sheriff was responsible for the reduction.


C. The overall crime rate in the entire state did not go down drastically during 2008-11.
We are not worried about the overall crime rate. Argument is about the robberies.

D. In June 2008, the definition of 'robbery' underwent a change in the police terminology because of which many cases which would have been entire termed as robberies were not termed so now.
This would weaken the argument.

E. The support staff to the Sheriff remained duCring the period 2004-2011
Out of context
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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County [#permalink]

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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County reached an average of 3 reported robberies
per month! Immediate measures had to be taken and Sheriff Sandberg was brought on board in December 2007.
Since then, in the following three years, the average has lowered to just 1.2 reported robberies per month!
Clearly, the number of robbery cases in the town has significantly reduced because of the new Sheriff's approach.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

A. The figure representing robberies reported as a percentage of total robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011.
Correct. This means that the number of robberies actually reduced. We can conclude this by using the information given in the passage. We know that in 2007 the reported robberies were 3. Let us assume that the actual robberies were 10. So the % of reported robberies w.r.t. actual robberies is 30%. Now we know that in 2010 the reported robberies were 1.2. So if the percentage remains same i.e. 30%, then it means that the actual robberies also reduced. This supports the conclusion, hence the assumption.

B. 1.2 robberies per month is the lowest figure reported since the year 2000.
It might be the lowest figures but this option doesn't state either that the actual robberies reduced or that the sheriff was responsible for the reduction.


C. The overall crime rate in the entire state did not go down drastically during 2008-11.
We are not worried about the overall crime rate. Argument is about the robberies.

D. In June 2008, the definition of 'robbery' underwent a change in the police terminology because of which many cases which would have been entire termed as robberies were not termed so now.
This would weaken the argument.

E. The support staff to the Sheriff remained duCring the period 2004-2011
Out of context


Hi ,
gmatexam439, how does it bride the gap the conclusion that the reduction is because of shrieff's new approach ? Is it because option A did actually reduce and author assumes this for conclusion?

I was looking for some options that will say that was no alternative cause. Option C comes close, but negation of C - Overall crime did go down, will not destroy conclusion, as still overall crime rate hence robbery rate could have gone down because of Shrieff's new approach.

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Re: Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County [#permalink]

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Between 2004 and 2007, the number of robbery cases in Chef County reached an average of 3 reported robberies
per month! Immediate measures had to be taken and Sheriff Sandberg was brought on board in December 2007.
Since then, in the following three years, the average has lowered to just 1.2 reported robberies per month!
Clearly, the number of robbery cases in the town has significantly reduced because of the new Sheriff's approach.

The argument assumes which one of the following?

A. The figure representing robberies reported as a percentage of total robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011.
The percentage of reported robberies remained fairly constant from 2004 through 2011 which means that if the reported robberies has come down then actual robberies has also come down. So, sheriff's approach has actually reduced the no. of robberies (reported and total). This assumption makes the conclusion crystal clear.

B. 1.2 robberies per month is the lowest figure reported since the year 2000.
This might be lowest figure but this doesn't point out that the total robberies has come down. There might be increased unreported cases of robberies.

C. The overall crime rate in the entire state did not go down drastically during 2008-11.
Overall crime rte has not went down.. It should have because of reduced no. of robberies. In any case it doesn't clearly indicate about the robberies. So, this statement either weakens or out of context.

D. In June 2008, the definition of 'robbery' underwent a change in the police terminology because of which many cases which would have been entire termed as robberies were not termed so now.
This clearly weakens the conclusion.. as if the reduced numbers is due to change in the terminology then there is no idea about sheriff's effort.

E. The support staff to the Sheriff remained during the period 2004-2011.
Out of context. We don't know how support staff comes into the role.
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