Protect America Vs. Scout Alarm

Protect America and Scout Alarm offer DIY security systems that will appeal to different consumers. Protect America offers 3-year monitoring contracts and more available equipment options such as glass break sensors and cameras, as well as home automation.

In contrast, Scout Alarm is ideal for those looking for a very barebones security system with no long-term commitment. The company has only basic technology offerings and no specialty sensor or camera options. But, they do offer a very flexible month-to-month monitoring contract.

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Scout Alarm
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring not required
  • $688 for customized kit 

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Protect America
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring included for free
  • $358 for customized system

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Key Similarities:

  • DIY installation

Key Differences:

  • Protect America offers 3-year monitoring contracts. Scout offers month-to-month.
  • Protect America has specialty sensor options. Scout does not.
  • Protect America offers camera options.
  • Protect America has home automation available.
  • Scout has reliability complaints.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Protect America

Protect America offers customizable packages with more equipment options than Scout. Packages range from $20 to $47 and have available high quality proprietary equipment add-ons including specialty sensors such as glass break and (a limited selection of) cameras.

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. Monthly monitoring fees range from $9-$19. Scout Alarm uses proprietary equipment that is more expensive than industry standards like GE or Honeywell.

Scout Alarm does not offer any specialty sensors, or have any compatible fire or smoke detectors.

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.

Protect America offers the industry-standard three-year monitoring contract.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Protect America and Scout Alarm offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Protect America

Protect America offers smart home appliance add-ons that use Z-Wave technology. Scout Alarm does not offer home automation capabilities.

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Protect America Security System
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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.

 

Reliability

Winner: Protect America

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

Who Protect America Is Better For:

  • Users seeking long-term monitoring contracts
  • Users who want a variety of equipment options
  • Users interested in home automation
  • Users looking for cameras as part of their home security system

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Who Scout Alarm Is Better For:

  • Users seeking a barebones system
  • Users who want a no-commitment month-to-month monitoring contract

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For those looking for diverse equipment options with well-regarded technology and a long-term monitoring commitment, Protect America is the better choice. Scout Alarm will likely appeal to those looking for a basic system without a long-term commitment.

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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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