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In the first six months of​ 2003, branches of

Commerce Bank in New York City were robbed 14 times. The New York City Police recommended steps the bank could take to deter​ robberies, including the installation of plastic barriers called​ "bandit barriers." The police were surprised the bank did not take their advice. According to a deputy commissioner of​ police, "Commerce does very little of what we recommend.​ They've told our detectives they have no interest in ever putting in the​barriers."

It would seem that Commerce Bank would have a strong incentive to install​ "bandit barriers" to deter robberies. Why​wouldn't they do​ it?

A.The banks probably resent any interference from the police department.

B.The banks must have weighed the cost of installing bandit barriers against the benefits and decided that they have​"no interest in ever putting in the​ barriers."

C.The banks are concerned that​ "bandit barriers" would send the wrong message to customers— that the bank is unsafe.

D.The banks would rather delay installation of any theft deterring equipment in anticipation of​ new, lower-cost innovations in the security devices market.

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