AlarmForce Vs. Scout Alarm

Scout Alarm and AlarmForce both offer basic packages with limited available equipment add-ons and no home automation. AlarmForce offers professional installation while Scout Alarm offers DIY.

Access is limited for AlarmForce: the Canadian company is notably only available in five states — three in the South and two in the Midwest. If there is no installer in your area of the state, you will not be able to get the system.

Scout has excellent customer service reviews and DIY installation, but does not offer any camera options or specialty sensors such as flood, break glass or temperature units.

Those wanting an extremely basic system with no monitoring commitment and DIY installation will likely prefer Scout. Those interested in a camera, specialty sensors, or long-term monitoring contracts will likely opt for AlarmForce if living in an applicable state.

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We like Scout Alarm for its DIY installation, many smart platform integrations, and lack of monthly fees. 

Key Similarities:

  • Basic packages and limited technology offerings
  • No home automation
  • Complaints about poor battery life

Key Differences:

  • Scout has DIY installation. AlarmForce has professional installation.
  • AlarmForce offers specialty sensors and a door camera. Scout offers no cameras or specialty sensors.
  • Scout has month-to-month contracts. AlarmForce has 36-month contracts.
  • AlarmForce has extremely limited availability.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: AlarmForce

AlarmForce only offers basic packages with limited add-ons, but does offer more technology options than Scout. AlarmForce packages range in cost from $25-$42 per month, and the company has limited available add-ons. All packages come with two-way voice, which allows users to communicate in real time with the monitoring center.

Scout Alarm doesn’t offer traditional packages. Users must choose their own a la carte equipment combination, with the company offering no video components and only three sensor and detector options. Scout Alarm uses proprietary equipment that is more expensive than industry standards like GE or Honeywell.

Neither company is known to have the latest, top-of-the-line equipment.

Contracts

Winner: Scout

Scout offers a month-to-month monitoring option, which gives users flexibility to test out their system. If you do commit to a full year, a discounted price is available.

AlarmForce offer the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Installation

Winner: Tie (professional vs. DIY)

AlarmForce offers professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most bare bones offering has free installation, but the installation fee for the most expensive package runs $179.

Scout Alarm offers only DIY installation, but has excellent customer service support for the process.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Neither AlarmForce nor Scout offers home automation.

Reliability

Winner: Tie

AlarmForce and Scout Alarm both have complaints about reliability, particularly concerning poor battery life.

Most sensor batteries on the market have about a 5-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for much more frequent battery replacement.

Scout Alarm has multiple user complaints that motion sensors are unreliable, and some users report they must change sensor batteries every two to three months.

Who AlarmForce is better for:

  • Users looking for a camera or specialty sensors
  • Users who want professional installation
  • Users interested in a long-term monitoring contract

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Who Scout Alarm is better for:

  • Users looking for a barebones security system
  • Users who want DIY installation
  • Users seeking a flexible month-to-month monitoring contract

Full Scout Alarm review

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We like Scout Alarm for its DIY installation, many smart platform integrations, and lack of monthly fees. 

Those looking for a basic security system with professional installation, a long-term monitoring contract, and options for specialty sensors and a camera should opt for AlarmForce — if it is available. For those who prefer DIY installation and a no-commitment month-to-month contract, Scout Alarm is a preferable choice.

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Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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