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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. Almost all 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?

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

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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. Almost all 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?

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

Situation: A shopping mall will increase its security force in the hopes of deterring parking lot robberies.

Reasoning: Which point most undermines the plan to deter crime in the mall parking lot? The executive committee plans not only to increase the number of security officers, but also to station most of the total force in the north parking lot, where there is the most traffic from shoppers. If, however, the north parking lot is not the most dangerous area around the mall, then the plan will most likely fail.
1. This statistic is relevant to the need for police protection for larger crowds, but does not address the soundness of the plan.
2. If the plan does not include increased police presence in the area that last year was most dangerous, then it most likely will not succeed.
3. The officers directing traffic will still constitute a police presence capable of deterring crime.
4. This point is an addition to the plan to add security officers and does not directly address the soundness of the plan.
5. This item may complicate the situation security officers must deal with, but it does not directly address whether the current plan is sound.

Answer: B
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19 Jan 2018, 08:19
While option B talks about robberies in South Parking Lot, how about A? It states it will be busy all of the mall's parking lots? Also, B mentions last year that made me choose A over B?
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22 Apr 2018, 10:45
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While option B talks about robberies in South Parking Lot, how about A? It states it will be busy all of the mall's parking lots? Also, B mentions last year that made me choose A over B?
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Reports of robbery in the mall were also reported last year. This option ,.i.e. option B talks about crime in south parking lot last year and is hence correct.
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23 Aug 2018, 10:23
If most of the officers will be patrolling the North (since it sees the most traffic) but if in reality, most of the robberies happen in the south, then the plan is flawed and can be criticised.
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15 Nov 2018, 10:22
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Almost all the officers will be patrolling the mall's north parking lot, which sees the most traffic from shoppers.

I understood from this sentence that being at north parking lot , will offer an advantage of seeing most traffic from shoppers through the whole mall , whether the traffic is from north of south , so i'm not convinced with B .
I see D as a better option , if there are cameras , there is no need for more officers to patrol traffic .
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24 Jan 2019, 07:00
Hello,
Option B states about reports published LAST YEAR, this does not assure us that the same will be the case in present scenario.
I marked option E ,instead, because there are different parking lots in multiple areas of entry and exit and patrolling is done only on the north side hence this plan is likely to fail as robbers can come and leave from any direction.
Kindly clear this doubt.
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19 Jun 2019, 15:02
shantanushantanu wrote:
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Option B states about reports published LAST YEAR, this does not assure us that the same will be the case in present scenario.
I marked option E ,instead, because there are different parking lots in multiple areas of entry and exit and patrolling is done only on the north side hence this plan is likely to fail as robbers can come and leave from any direction.
Kindly clear this doubt.

I had the same exact thought process. I chose E over Option B.

I don't think B would be correct on the actual test. The test makers time and time again take advantage of lapses in logic, the low hanging fruit so to speak, from those test takers who assume on CR questions that what happened in the past will happen in the future or what is true for X is also true for Y without being clearly stated. Making these unstated assumptions is what will help you score poorly on the Verbal section, but here, we were required to assume such to get the question correct. I normally don't post about the low-quality questions, but I believe this one is low-quality
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