Alarm company leads effort to secure police stations

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

FRESNO, Calif.—When vandals struck a Fresno police station last summer, causing thousands in damage, Mike Matson, owner of Matson Alarm Company, reached out to vendors, suppliers and competitors, calling for help.

A golf tournament next week will help Matson and his colleagues raise money to pay for three cameras to be installed at each Fresno police substation, KMPH reports. The cameras will be tied into the department’s command center. 

In June 2102, vandals spray painted 20 police cars and slashed 50 tires. In 2011, police officers’ cars were torched at the southwest Fresno police station.

“I was totally shocked and that’s probably what brought the whole thing on, because, for me, they’re protecting us out there and watching what’s going on the streets,” Matson told KMPH. “But, then they don’t protect their own backyard, so this is our opportunity to help them.”

Fresno police have more than 150 cameras around the city, but none focusing on their four substations, KMPH reports. 

“We’re going to get the camera systems on all the substations so that they can to work and do their jobs and not have to worry about what’s happening at the stations,” Matson said to KMPH.