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Neighborhood seeks more plate cams to close thief ‘loophole’

The Tiburon Police Department put up a Tiburon Boulevard road sign last week to alert residents — and criminals — that it was stepping up patrols after a series of burglaries. (Elliot Karlan photo / For The Ark)

More than 100 Cypress Hollow residents have signed a petition asking the town to install automated license-plate-reading cameras on two streets in their neighborhood, with petitioners alleging cars can use the streets to bypass the cameras stationed on Tiburon Boulevard.

The petition, posted on, requests the cameras be installed along with signs saying the neighborhood is protected by video surveillance. Residents say the lack of cameras leaves them susceptible to burglaries and creates a hole in the town’s surveillance system, as those entering and exiting the peninsula could potentially use the streets to do an end-run around the boulevard’s existing license-plate readers.

Among the nine home burglaries reported in Tiburon since Dec. 25, two have occurred in the Cypress Hollow neighborhood, according to Police Chief Ryan Monaghan.

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