Protection 1 vs. Scout Alarm

Protection 1 and Scout Alarm both offer viable home security options, but will likely appeal to different consumers. Scout Alarm offers a basic DIY system with low-commitment month-to-month monitoring. Protection 1 offers more extensive equipment options, professional installation, and three-year monitoring contracts. Both companies have some smartphone management options.

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

Key Similarities:

  • One type of installation
  • Available smartphone management options

Key Differences:

  • Protection 1 has professional installation. Scout Alarm is DIY.
  • Protection 1 has more extensive equipment offerings.
  • Protection 1 offers three-year contracts. Scout Alarm offers month-to-month.
  • Only Protection 1 has Z-Wave home automation options.

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Protection 1

Protection 1 offers four types of residential home packages ranging from $35-$55, with a $99 installation fee, and a wide selection of available add-ons. Equipment offerings include sensors and carbon monoxide, smoke, and fire detectors. More expensive package options include video and Z-Wave options. The company uses mostly Honeywell technology. Medical alert offerings are also available. Prices have been reported to vary depending on dealer and location.

Scout Alarm also doesn’t offer traditional packages. Users choose their own a la carte equipment combination, but there are limited choices. There are no available video components and only three sensor and detector options. Scout Alarm does not offer any specialty sensors, or have any compatible fire or smoke detectors. Monthly monitoring fees range from $9-$19.

Scout Alarm uses proprietary equipment that is more expensive than industry standards like GE or (Protection 1 choice) Honeywell.


Winner: Scout Alarm

Scout Alarm offer users flexible month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options.  If you do commit to a full year, a discounted price is available. Protection 1 offers the industry-standard three-year monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Protection 1 has a mobile app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Only the two most expensive packages allow smartphone management. Scout Alarm offers self-monitoring options through mobile apps for a small fee.


Winner: Tie

Protection 1 and Scout Alarm each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on what service you’re seeking.

Protection 1 offers professional installation at a $99 fee. (Installation costs can vary depending on specificities of add-ons). If you move within your contract period, you have to pay for removal of the system and re-installation at your new location. Scout Alarm offers DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Protection 1

Only Protection 1 has available Z-Wave home automation options. Scout Alarm is compatible with some Zigbee protocol options so it does have some smart home automation potential, limited to specific brands.


Winner: Protection 1

Scout Alarm has multiple user complaints that motion sensors are unreliable, and some users report poor sensor battery life.

Who Protection 1 is Better For: 

  • Users prioritizing equipment selection options
  • Users looking for a long-term monitoring contract
  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users interested in Z-Wave home automation

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Who Scout Alarm is Better For: 

  • Users seeking a basic system
  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users looking for a low-commitment 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. 

Scout Alarm and Protection 1 both offer options to meet your security needs. Those looking for a more traditional home security system with extensive equipment options, long-term monitoring contracts, Z-Wave home automation and professional installation will likely prefer Protection 1. Those looking for a low-commitment basic DIY system will likely be happier with Scout Alarm.

Protection 1 is now owned by ADT. Check out our review of the ADT home security system.

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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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