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Source: Kaplan

Level: 3

A proposed ordinance would impose a 10 p.m. curfew on all city residents under the age of 18 in response to increasing thefts by adolescents. However, a city councilman argued that because the majority of adolescents who steal do so during the day, the curfew would have a negligible impact on the total value of property stolen.

Which of the following, if true, would most seriously weaken the argument drawn by the councilman above?

  • A Most adolescents who steal do not have the knowledge required to disable alarm systems.
  • B Because adolescent offenders commit only a fraction of the city's thefts, the ordinance would have only a minimal effect on the amount of property stolen.
  • C The cost to stores of hiring more security guards would be greater than the cost incurred to replace items stolen by adolescents.
  • D In the city where the ordinance was proposed, the average time required by the police department to respond to a reported theft was lower than the national average.
  • E The value of property stolen by adolescents between midnight and 4 a.m. represents the vast majority of the value of all property stolen by adolescents.

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