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Free equipment $0 in up-front costs

Our Score
9.0
User Score
7.9
Our Score
9.0
User Score
7.9
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Price Range
$19.99-$42.99

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
36

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay Balance

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Free

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
2,261

Overall Score

Based on ranking criteria
9.0 /10

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: July 11, 2018

Most Helpful Reviews

  1. User Score
    10
    Kristen
    June 30th, 2017 Tampa, FL
    I'm AMAZED by this company! I had been with ADT for 13 years! ADT wouldn't help me with their equipment, so I researched other companies. I found Protect America and I'm so happy that I switched! We had NO out of pocket expense! I'm now paying less for wireless than I was with ADT for a landline connection! My husband was able to install with no problem. This company treats you the way companies should treat someone! Derek explained everything to me, helped me figure out what I needed, without trying to upsale me and was super helpful! I would recommend this company to anyone and everyone!Read More
  2. User Score
    10
    David L Dunham
    April 7th, 2017 Laconia, NH
    This system was acquired to replace my 3-year old ADT system. Much more robust, the monthly fee is considerably lower and does not increase like ADT has done, and the sensors are pre-loaded so installation is a charm. The APP for iPad, IPhone or Android is very easy to load and use. Beats the crap out of using those small hand FOBs (but they are included also).Read More

The Good

  • No Upfront Equipment Costs
  • Monthly Fees as Low as $19.99
  • Lifetime Equipment Warranty
  • New Simon XTi Control Panel & Home Automation Options
  • Live and Recorded Video Monitoring
  • 24/7 Landline, Cellular, and Broadband Monitoring

Protect America is one of the most affordable home security companies in the industry. While other companies will charge anywhere from $99 to over $400 in upfront costs, Protect America currently charges $0 in upfront fees. Protect America offers five different home security packages ranging from a locked-in rate at an average of $43.99 per month which is significantly cheaper than competing home security companies. Each package comes with a free lifetime warranty, meaning Protect America will ship replacement parts for all defective equipment at no charge for as long as you are a customer. Once you sign a contract with Protect America, your rate is locked in. They will not raise your monthly monitoring fees as long as you are under contract.

Despite Protect America’s affordability, the company sacrifices nothing in terms of quality. Protect America now offers the new Simon XTi, a modern, sleek, and innovative control panel which integrates seamlessly with your smartphone through the Protect America mobile app. In addition to a wide array of home security features (including motion detector, night vision cameras, door window sensors, glass break sensors and more), the company offers a number of home automation solutions to help you control your security system remotely. Protect America’s SMART Connect mobile app controls door locks, lighting, and appliances, arms/disarms your entire security system, and streams or records live footage from up to two of your security cameras simultaneously. Protect America offers flexible monitoring options for nearly every budget. Home security monitoring can be conducted via landline (least expensive), broadband, and cellular communication. Few home security companies provide all three monitoring services.

Protect America comes highly recommended by its customers. Customers who left reviews on our site have been boasting about Protect America’s customer service. They also note that Protect America’s do-it-yourself security systems, which are shipped right to your door, are very easy to install. Protect America has simplified the self-installation process with 24/7 support and a collection of online video tutorials. Their lifetime warranty on equipment helps give peace of mind both when installing the system and using it knowing that if something breaks or no longer functions properly, Protect America will replace it free of charge. Protect America serves customers in all 50 states, which is somewhat rare in the home security industry. Many of its competitors have a much more limited national reach.

The Bad

  • Lengthy 36-Month Contract
  • Cancellation Policy
  • Video Streaming Not Available with the Landline Monitoring Service

One thing that we did not like about Protect America is its 36-month contract and its cancellation policy. Other home security companies offer their home security services with much shorter contracts or no contracts at all. And if it so happens that you decide to cancel Protect America’s service, you will be required to pay 100% of the remaining balance of your contract. Other home security companies may only require you to pay a percentage of the remaining balance (some as low as 20%). Paying the full balance can end up costing you hundreds of dollars if you haven’t been on the contract very long..

New customers have 30 days from the date their package was shipped to return their equipment without being bound to the 36-month contract. And while live and recorded video streaming is available on Protect America’s broadband and cellular monitoring services, it is not available with landline monitoring, meaning customers will need to pay extra for this important security feature.

Customers don’t like the 36-month contract either and have reported several issues revolving around the contract. Other customers complained that Protect America’s equipment was not functioning properly, specifically window sensors and door sensors triggering false alarms.

The Bottom Line

Based on our research, you likely won’t find a more affordable home security company than Protect America. It is a solid home security company with packages starting at only $19.99 per month with no upfront or installation costs. Protect America’s lifetime equipment warranty is a special feature that few other home security companies can match. It should be noted, however, if you are looking to hire a company to professionally install your home security system then Protect America is not for you. Protect America’s 36-month contract and cancellation policy may deter you from purchasing its service, but given the high volume of positive user reviews praising Protect America’s customer service, it’s easy to understand why most of Protect America’s customers renew their contracts more than once. Protect America is a great choice for those looking to customize their home security system solution. Protect America is a good self-install alarm system option. It comes with both the most equipment and the least amount of upfront costs.

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  1. User Score
    10
    November 15th, 2018 Norwalk, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    It’s easy to use and was easy to install. When I was setting up, I called and they talked us through it and were really good. Fair rates.
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  2. User Score
    10
    November 15th, 2018 Buckeye, AZ
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Customer service is always cooperative and answer all the questions.
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  3. User Score
    8
    November 15th, 2018 Webster, TX
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I don’t like their sensors. I have a dog inside the house so we don’t use them very often. I guess it’s okay but it’s really similar to any other company.
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  4. User Score
    10
    November 15th, 2018 Killeen, TX
    0 people found this review helpful!
    It was pretty easy to install and I’ve had it several months. They are very thorough.
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  5. User Score
    10
    November 15th, 2018 Columbia, SC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    When I need something or ask a question they let me know right away. I know that my house is protected and I am protected.
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  6. User Score
    0
    November 15th, 2018 Tampa, FL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    None of the products worked. Window clings don’t work in Florida, they use a cheap velcro that melts to your surface. They are an absolute horrid company to deal with.
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  7. User Score
    3
    November 8th, 2018
    2 people found this review helpful!
    I did not choose this system. I was happy with the system we had. This system was delivered but no technician shows up to install the hardware or do the setup. Who has time to do their job for them? We have already been without a security system for two weeks because this change was made, and now it’s still not set up because amateurs have to do all this reading and try to learn it. This is too important to be without a system and then have amateurs program it. What happened to service anymore. We don’t even plan to use half of this stuff, and it sounds like we are going to have false alarms when the windows won’t stay closed. How loud is the alarm? Can you adjust it? I’m not trying to deafen occupants and burglars. I just want the burglars to know they have tripped an alarm and they should get out, and I want to know they have entered so I can defend the house. It doesn’t have to be complicated or the alarm be 200 decibels.
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  8. User Score
    0
    November 6th, 2018 Alexandria, VA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Trash service and trash cancelation policy
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  9. User Score
    0
    October 18th, 2018 Washington, DC
    5 people found this review helpful!
    Do not use Protect America security service, you pay for the equipment that you need to install the sensors have velcro that deteriorates and this company never answers the phone for any emergencies or for customer service. They only answer the phone when you are a new customer and you get stuck for 3 years.

    Protect America has the worst security service.

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  10. User Score
    0
    October 15th, 2018
    3 people found this review helpful!
    I signed up for new service about a week ago. I called back before I even received my equipment because I didn’t want to enter in to their contract and they made me speak with three different people who continued pressuring me in to trying their service. I said fine as I had already spent an hour on the phone trying to cancel. I received my equipment last Tuesday October 10th. Got it set up the 12th. I still wish to cancel within my 15 days as per the contract agreement and am again on hold for more than 30 minutes this morning trying to cancel. No one has come on the line as of yet. This public post should serve as my written notice WITHIN MY 15 DAYS THAT I WANT TO CANCEL MY CONTRACT!!! Please someone acknowledge this so that I am not locked in through pure poor customer service. I will never do business with your company, nor will I recommend you to anyone. In fact, I will give negative reviews to anyone I can. Again, I am publicly giving written notice I am cancelling my contract as per the conditions provided on cancellation and will be returning your equipment. I am still on hold as I am writing this review. Please stay away from this company. Their offer of a free trial will result in them roping you in to a long term contract because they make it impossible to cancel. They were quick to call more than ten times a day to get your business, but make themselves unavailable at all other times.
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  11. User Score
    0
    October 12th, 2018 Ruskin, FL
    5 people found this review helpful!
    This company is something I would stay away from–the problems ranging from poor customer service inflexibility and automatic renewal without checking for a lengthy period of time.

    We recently moved to another state and tried to cancel the service after many years of being with them (automatic renewal without notice), these people would not give any break. All our pleas went to deaf ears and they threw the book at us. Stay away form these type of organizations.

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  12. User Score
    0
    October 4th, 2018 Huntington, WV
    9 people found this review helpful!
    Never installed the equipment. Tried to cancel. The company said I couldn’t. Still have to pay the monthly fee without receiving the services. STAY FAR AWAY FROM THIS COMPANY. THEY ARE A SCAM!!!!!!
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  13. User Score
    0
    October 1st, 2018 Hayward, CA
    6 people found this review helpful!
    Does not actually provide security. The systems are cheap, and when they fail to perform basic functions, the company hides behind long term contracts to keep you paying monthly. Very frustrating, have tried many times to cancel or get something that works…countless hours testing my patience with customer service, tech support, and upper management.

    Can’t wait until my contract is expired so I can get away from this company.

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  14. User Score
    0
    September 20th, 2018
    8 people found this review helpful!
    DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THIS COMPANY!!! Please save your time, money and peace of mind. Customer service is terrible, hence why I do not wish to deal with the company. The equipment has NEVER worked and I am stuck paying for a service I do not use for 3 years. I am almost to the point of just letting it go to collections and figuring it out from there. They are thieves, please do not even consider this company. I wish I had read the reviews before choosing them.
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  15. User Score
    0
    September 14th, 2018 Meridian, MS
    10 people found this review helpful!
    I have been a customer for 5 years and was told that I could not cancel my service, my camera never worked the sensors fell down after 2 years. The customer service is awful, wait time to talk to someone is very long. I am 65 years old and do not feel safe in my own home with this service and they will not let you out of it. Do NOT use this company! Others are less expensive and gives you more. Everything must be installed yourself and is difficult to do.
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  16. User Score
    0
    September 7th, 2018
    9 people found this review helpful!
    False advertisement, false alarm so the cops show up and gives you a citation, bad customer service such as they will put you on a long hold and redirect you to as many people as possible if you are a new customer they will speak to you really fast. Remember that you are getting in a 3 year contract with them before you sign any paper. Overall they are a bad scamming company who drinks your blood dry. Stay far away from them cause they are money hungry and will try every way to make you stay. Even after my three year contract they try to get another another month off of me for termination. By signing that contract they saying that they will charge me an extra x amount for that month that I won’t be using. Simple put them out there so no one else gets into the circle of death. They’re the true genius, the true burglary out there so be on your toes. They will get every ounce of money from you as they can. I would highly not recommend them to my friends and family.
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  17. User Score
    0
    September 4th, 2018
    10 people found this review helpful!
    Horrible customer service and awful to have service cancelled. I have tried since April to cancel contract…now it is September and I am still fighting with them! They constantly want to keep my service going and then find some reason to charge me more, saying they are giving me a “discount”, when the service should have been terminated at my requested months ago (well past the 36 month contract).
    Dont trust them as I did!!
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  18. User Score
    2
    September 4th, 2018 Longmont, CO
    8 people found this review helpful!
    The monthly price for the security system was good for my budget. However, I decided to sell my home, and had vector to come out and service my system. I didn’t realize I was signing a new contract. Now vector is charging me the remainder of the contract. The service tech is not going to tell you. Please read the contract…..
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  19. User Score
    0
    September 1st, 2018 Chattanooga, TN
    8 people found this review helpful!
    Wish we had NEVER gone with this company for our security!!! Once installed no technician is available to service the cameras if they go offline, which ours have, 2 of them been offline for months and when we call there is a terrible wait time unless you want to enter your callback number & wait for them to call you back, then if you are busy you miss the call and you have to go back through all this again! Once you are lucky enough to get a representative on the phone & you explain your issue, they are more than apologetic and more than willing to “walk you through” how to service your cameras?? Um I’m sorry last time I checked I have a job and I am not asking someone else to do it. Also we were told we would get 3 cameras at our house & we got zero, when I called to ask for the recorded call to be sent to me I did get a call back that said yes you were supposed to get one camera, we must have missed that….really? okay and we were never told the camera that we did install at our business doesn’t even record unless you have a sims card? Okay where was that information again they are very apologetic that we weren’t told that but they can tell us where we can purchase one and how to put it in..Oh and one of the main reasons we went with Protect America is the video recordings, well when you go look at the video recordings it is of us walking in and out upon open and close! Where is the video of the drunk guy passed out on our sidewalk and the police taking him to jail right before we opened? Oh it is not there. So once again I am on hold for over 8 minutes because “they are experiencing higher than normal call volumes”. Well I guess they are if everyone is as unhappy as we are with this so called security system and we are paying 47.00 per month for our business and 51.00 for our home and for what, window monitors? No cameras, no recorded video, who said this is one of the most affordable out there?
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  20. User Score
    5
    August 30th, 2018 Fayetteville, NC
    7 people found this review helpful!
    The free camera is not free I’m having chi installed today only the door bell camera is free not happy with that your advertisement not correct
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Our Score
9.0
User Score
7.9
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Price Range
$19.99-$42.99

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
36

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay Balance

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Free

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
2,261

Overall Score

Based on ranking criteria
9.0 /10
Our Score
9.0
User Score
7.9
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Price Range
$19.99-$42.99

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
36

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay Balance

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Free

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
2,261

Overall Score

Based on ranking criteria
9.0 /10