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LAST UPDATED: September 13th, 2019

Larry and Mike Matson founded Matson Alarm in 1974 with the purpose of protecting vulnerable homes in their community. It now provides services to California residence of the greater central valley. Matson Alarms are professionally monitored and installed. It offers two residential security packages. Matson Alarm prides itself on having trained professionals knowledgeable about its systems who can effectively provide consumers with the security they need.

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The Good

  • Offers Virtually Any Home Security or Automation Solution
  • Competitive Monthly Price for Basic Security
  • Professionally Installed and Monitored System
Matson Alarm is able to equip homeowners with just about any security solution or home automation features. It offers all of the basics in home security as well as video surveillance options. Matson Alarm currently offers two competitively priced residential packages, Essential Security and Total Secure. Both packages offer security solutions with the option to add more advanced security equipment and home automation features to the package. Each Matson Alarm system is professionally monitored and installed. Its monitoring center is locally based and includes both Underwriter Laboratories listed and Central Station Alarm Association Five Diamond certifications. This means its staff has met specific standards and training requirements to effectively handle any emergency. It also gives consumers peace of mind that the center itself is equipped to handle whatever its clients may need.

The Bad

  • Limited Scope of Service
  • Monthly Rate May Increase

Matson Alarm is located in Fresno, California and currently offers its services exclusively to residence of California, specifically the greater Central Valley. This excludes a large pool of potential customers. Consumers located outside of this area will need to go through a home security company servicing their area. While the Matson Alarm monthly rates are competitively priced compared to several of its competitors in the industry, its initial fees and additional equipment may result in high upfront costs. The monthly rate for each package also increases with the purchase of additional equipment. One of the most concerning aspects of Matson Alarm services is that its terms of service contract states the company is able to increase the monthly rate after 12 months of service. This can be incredibly frustrating for consumers who are locked into a three-year contract.

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The Bottom Line

Only residents of California can use Matson Alarm services. Those in the company's scope of service may benefit from its wide range of security equipment and home automation features. Matson Alarm's highly qualified monitoring center offers clients added peace of mind that their system will be effectively monitored. Consumers should carefully consider their security needs and the additional costs they will incur for adding equipment to the Matson Alarm basic packages. We also recommend that consumers thoroughly read through and ensure they understand the service agreement before signing a contract with Matson Alarm.

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