GRE Reading Comprehension
Mayor: Four years ago when we reorganized the city police department in order to save money, critics claimed that the reorganization would make the police less responsive to citizens and would thus lead to more crime. The police have compiled theft statistics from the years following the reorganization that show that the critics were wrong. There was an overall decrease in reports of thefts of all kinds, including small thefts.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously challenges the mayor's argument?
- A When city police are perceived as unresponsive, victims of theft are less likely to report thefts to the police.
- B The mayor's critics generally agree that police statistics concerning crime reports provide the most reliable available data on crime rates.
- C In other cities where police departments have been similarly reorganized, the numbers of reported thefts have generally risen following reorganization.
- D The mayor's reorganization of the police department failed to save as much money as it was intended to save.
- E During the four years immediately preceding the reorganization, reports of all types of theft had been rising steadily in comparison to reports of other crimes.
Correct Answer: A