Protect America Vs LiveWatch

Protect America and LiveWatch are some of the top security companies nationwide. Their DIY installations help to cut down on costs while providing huge customization and add-on potential. In our guide, we look at what sets these two systems apart — and who they’re the best fit for. To get a better feel for each system, check out our guides on LiveWatch and Protect America.

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Protect America Security System
Protect America Security System
Protect America Security System

We love Protect America for its integrations with Amazon Alexa, its great customer support, and its included 24/7 professional monitoring. All in all, we highly recommend Protect America.

 

SimilaritiesDifferences
Both are DIY systemsLiveWatch has a 12-month contract that can be canceled without penelty
24/7 monitoring with all packagesProtect America requires a 36-month contract and just 14-day return window
Cellular transmission availableProtect America's equipment has no upfront costs
Wireless sensorsLiveWatch offers ASAPer for faster contact

Comparison Overview

Protect America and LiveWatch are very similar systems. Both offer DIY installations that can be completed in under an hour. The systems are based on the Z-Wave standard, which means it is easy to add on extra sensors if need be.

The biggest difference between the two companies is the available packages. Protect America’s packages offer the same kind of equipment, but more expensive options increase the number of door sensors or add in cellular and broadband support.

LiveWatch adds a touchscreen alarm panel, location-based control and a camera to its higher-level packages. Since its base package is cellular, there’s no package needed to escape landlines.

LiveWatchProtect America
PackageTotal Home + VideoPremium
Monthly Monitoring Fee$49.95$54.99
Equipment Cost$299.00none
Activation and/or Installation Fee*$19.95none
Contract Length1 years3 years
CellularYesYes
Smartphone and Remote Access ManagementYesYes
Z-Wave ControlYesYes
Video availableYesNo
Number of Door/Window Sensor214
Motion Sensor Included11
CameraYesNo

Another difference is the monitoring contract. Protect America requires a three-year contract while LiveWatch’s contract is just one year.

If you are ready to settle into a security service and want to pick the exact hardware to add to your system, Protect America is the better option. However, LiveWatch is better for people who want a variety of equipment included in the base package or want less of a commitment, Livewatch may be the better option.

Winner and Loser Categories

Pricing

Winner: Tie

LiveWatch’s cheap cellular option means people without a landline can get cheap monitoring without signing up for a traditional telephone. However, Protect America can be more cost-effective at the high end or if you already have a landline.

Individual component prices are about the same.

Contract

Winner: LiveWatch

The one-year monitoring contracts for LiveWatch are more attractive to most homeowners than Protect America’s three-year requirement.

Packages and Contents

Winner: LiveWatch

While Protect America’s basic package offers a little more than LiveWatch, LiveWatch’s upgraded packages offer more variety in equipment offered.

Ease of Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Protect America and LiveWatch offer extremely simple DIY setups.

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Protect America Security System
Protect America Security System
Protect America Security System

We love Protect America for its integrations with Amazon Alexa, its great customer support, and its included 24/7 professional monitoring. All in all, we highly recommend Protect America.

 

Equipment Quality and Technology

Winner: Tie

Pricing for extra equipment is comparable and the breadth of devices seems equal.

Livewatch is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

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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