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Protect America

Free equipment, Including camera and $0 in up-front costs

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9.0
User Score
8.0

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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
2,184

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: June 5, 2018

Company Awards / Certifications

  • #1 Choice Overall Besty Award 2014
  • #1 Choice Overall Besty Award 2013
  • Ranked 13th in Top 100 Home Security Companies in SDM Magazine 2012
  • Consumers Digest Best Buy 2012
  • Consumers Digest Best Buy 2011
  • Consumers Digest Best Buy 2010
  • Consumers Digest Best Buy 2009
  • Consumers Digest Best Buy 2008
Protect America has provided some of the most affordable DIY home security systems to over 500,000 families since its founding in 1992 in Austin, Texas. Something that we like about Protect America is that it provides free equipment (control panel, motion sensors, yard signs, window stickers and door sensors) and requires zero upfront costs to get started. Another plus with Protect America is its number of different package options. It has a wide variety of both equipment options and monitoring solutions. Because of the variety, you're essentially guaranteed to find a package that works for you and your home security needs. One drawback you might face with Protect America is its 36-month contract; however, due to Protect America’s excellent customer service, the average customer stays with Protect America for over eight years.

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
  • Free Security Camera w/ Purchase of any Package (Cellular or Broadband Only)

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.

See below to read Protect America reviews from consumers.

Section 1

Customer may cancel this Agreement by returning the Equipment within fourteen (14) days of the initial shipment date from PAI to Customer. The return package must be postmarked within 14 days of the original shipment date and returned postage paid to Protect America, Inc., 3800 Quick Hill Road, Building 1-100, Austin, Texas 78728. This Agreement will not be cancelled until the returned equipment is received at Protect America, Inc. Customer shall be required to provide proof of delivery if requested. A $79.00 restocking fee, debited from Customer’s account submitted as part of this Agreement, shall be assessed on all returns.

Why it’s important

You have 14 days to cancel the agreement.  The equipment package must be postmarked within 14 days of the original shipment date.  Also, there will be a $79 restocking fee.

Section 5

Assignees / Contractors. PAI shall have the right to assign this Agreement to any other person, firm, corporation or entity without notice to Customer and shall have the further right to subcontract any monitoring service or other services which it may perform. Customer acknowledges this Agreement, and particularly those paragraphs relating to PAI’s maximum liability, third party indemnification and warranty limitations, inure to the benefit of and are applicable to any assignees or subcontractors (including Monitoring Facility and Collection Agency) with the same force and effect as they bind Customer to PAI. Customer may not assign Customer’s rights under this Agreement without PAI’s written consent.

Why it’s important

Protect America can give a contractual agreement to any other corporation or third party without noticing the customer.  If the agreement is given to another entity it still has the same force and effect that it would have with Protect America.

Section 6

Limitation of Liability. CUSTOMER UNDERSTANDS THAT PAI IS NOT AN INSURER OF THE SAFETY OF CUSTOMER OR ANY PROPERTY. CUSTOMER AGREES TO OBTAIN, AT CUSTOMER’S SOLE COST AND EXPENSE, ANY INSURANCE COVERAGE CUSTOMER DESIRES TO HAVE TO INSURE AGAINST PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY LOSS OR DAMAGES AT THE PREMISES WHERE THE EQUIPMENT IS LOCATED. PAI SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE, RISK, INJURY, DEATH OR EFFECTS OF ANY HAZARD OR EVENT, PROPERTY LOSS OR DAMAGE DUE DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY TO ANY FAILURE TO DETECT OR AVERT AN OCCURRENCE OF AN EVENT THAT THE SERVICE IS DESIGNED TO DETECT OR AVERT.

Why it’s important

Protect America is not an insurer of property or safety of customer and does not provide any guarantee of such.  It is the home owner’s job to obtain insurance and maintain coverage against personal injury, property loss, and damages. 

Section 9.1

If Customer defaults with respect to payment of Monthly Monitoring Fees more than two (2) times in any calendar year, or monthly monitoring fee becomes sixty (60) days past due, then Customer agrees that PAI may terminate service and the remaining applicable balance of the Agreement will be immediately due and payable. PAI may draft Customer’s account for the entire remaining balance, disconnect monitoring with prior notice or require Customer to pay yearly in advance for services. In addition, Customer agrees PAI will have no liability if disconnection occurs due to a past due balance or otherwise.

Why it’s important

If a customer misses at least two monthly payments and becomes sixty days past due, then Protect America can cancel the agreement and requires customers to pay the remaining monitoring balance.  

Section 9.2

PAI may suspend or cancel this Agreement, without notice and without liability or penalty in the event the Monitoring Facility, the communications facilities connecting Customer’s location to the Monitoring Facility, or other equipment are destroyed by fire, catastrophe or by any other means, or are so substantially damaged that it is impractical to continue service; or in the event that PAI is unable to either secure or retain the connections or privileges necessary for the transmission of signals between Customer’s location and the Monitoring Facility and the law enforcement agency or other emergency contacts for any reason or cause whatsoever. PAI assumes no liability for the interruption of the service due to any cause and PAI will not be required to supply the Service to Customer while interruption of the Service for any cause continues and Customer is not entitled to any refund or credit of any charges for such interruption of service.

Why it’s important

If for some reason the connection to the home security system becomes lost or unable to maintain, Protect American can cancel the agreement without liability or penalty.  They are not responsible for any lost connect or interruption of service due to events out of their hands.

The Good

Protect America (PA) offers a basic home automation package that is ran through the home security control panel.  The home automation equipment adds wireless control to everyday household tasks such as turning lights off and on and controlling various appliances, it can even lock and unlock the front door.  All of this equipment is able to function together through Z-Wave technology, which is the most widely recognized standard for home automation.  Also, the system is a self-install product, meaning the home owner can install the new equipment at their convenience.

After a customer purchases a security system and decides to further their remote access by including home automation they can choose to either purchase the pieces separately (which give the home owner full ownership of the equipment) or lease a set of equipment which costs the home owner zero money down (through this option PA maintains the rights to the equipment).  The choice to buy or lease is a nice option which many home security companies do not provide.  With either route the following options are available:

  • keychain remotes
  • appliance module (for controlling non-PA equipment)
  • indoor siren
  • freeze sensor (for monitoring the temperature of the plumbing system)
  • flood sensor
  • door sensors
  • email and text notifications

The Bad

If you choose to go with the basic home automation package for zero money down this package does not include as much equipment as most home automation packages provided by other companies.  For example, in their “free” offer they only include 1 appliance module, 1 indoor siren, 1 freeze sensor, and 1 flood sensor.  For anything else you must pay extra.  Most home automation packages include at least one video camera and a video monitoring system, however, PA customers must pay an extra $199 for the camera and an extra $10 a month for monitoring.

The Bottom Line

Protect America provides a basic home automation package for nothing down, which is a nice extra feature if you already own a home security system through them.  However, if you want extra features such as door control and video monitoring it costs extra and can add up quickly.  We suggest you discuss package options with a Protect America representative to determine if their home automation system is right for you.

Security System Overview

Protect America began offering the Simon XTi which is a better, more modern control panel than the Simon XT which you can see below. You’ll only be able to take advantage of the Simon XTi with a Silver package and above as well as broadband and cellular monitoring.

Simon Xti

Protect America also offers a wireless and easy-to-install system called the Simon XT. Some of the unique upgrades featured in the Simon XT system include: compact design, LCD display, more wireless zones, and an event history log. One key feature that is important to note is the built in voice dialer. When certain system events occur, like triggered sensors, the alarm will call any phone you choose to alert you with a voice message. Here’s what you get with the Protect America Gold Security Package (free*):

  • 100% wireless system.  Easy to install with no drilling required
  • Simon XT control panel
  • 12 door/window sensors
  • 1 motion detector
  • 3 security stickers
  • 1 security yard sign
  • Owner’s manual
  • Free exclusive interactive monitoring app for smartphones
  • 100% Lifetime warranty on every piece of your system

The Simon XT:

The Simon XT should be placed where it is easily accessible. The Simon XT allows users to call for help (emergency responders), arm/disarm your system, and control the functionality. The Simon XT has the ability to control up to 40 security equipment controls (including sensors and home automation functions). The Simon XT is basically the brain of the Protect America security system, and it allows you to control all features and equipment.

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The Simon XT Touchscreen allows you to voice commands and offers a a substitute for when you cannot check the main control panel.

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Video Surveillance Cameras:

Users will want to place Protect America’s video surveillance cameras in high traffic areas, like by door entries/exists and hallways. Protect America enables users to view the video surveillance through their “Smart Connect App.” Live footage from the camera can be viewed at anytime from anywhere as long as they have WiFi connection. The video is high quality and can be easily accessed.

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Mini Pin Pad/Talking Wireless Keypad:

The Mini Pin Pad is not necessary, but it does add a level of security in the event of an emergency. These pin pads allow you to call for help and alert the authorities/responders. These pin pads also allow home owners to alarm and disarm the security system by typing in a personalized code. The pin pad allows for additional convenience and ensure the security system is armed when it needs to be.

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The talking wireless keypad has the same functions as the mini pin pad, meaning it can arm, disarm, and send emergency signals to the authorities. It allows you to communicate and can mounted on your wall.

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Sensors:

Protect America offers several different types of sensors. They have the door and window sensors which detect whenever the door or window is opened. The Protect America door and window sensors are wireless micro sensors which means they do not have to be plugged into your wall and are hidden out of the way. It is advised that customers place a sensor on every door and window for optimum security.

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Protect America also has a garage door sensor. There can be several thousands of dollars stored in garages, which means it is critically important to protect it. Keep your cars, bikes, tools, and other items stored in your garage safe by installing a garage door sensor. These sensors are mounted on the inside of your garage door.

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There is also the option to install motion detectors. These motion detectors are easy to install, and they detect both heath and movement within a 25 foot range in a 90 degree arc. They can be installed in the corners of rooms, and it is recommended to put these in high traffic areas in your home.

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Lastly there is the Glass Break Sensor that is to be mounted in an open space near windows or glass doors that you would like to secure.

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Protect America offers some of the latest and most advanced technology on the market. Since Protect America allows their customers to customize their home security system to fit their home, it provides a high level of security that ensures your home and family’s safety. For a low monthly monitoring fee, Protect America’s security system will secure your home’s vulnerabilities.

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    May 12th, 2014 Slidell, LA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I think you are NUTS as a company who wants my business, but are going to charge me to ship me the equipment you need me to use in order to service me!
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    10
    May 10th, 2014 Southfield, MI
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I give the company a thumbs up
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    10
    April 25th, 2014 TX
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Great cutomer service! Thiago was very helpful and knowledgeable.
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    2
    April 22nd, 2014 Pompano Beach, FL
    6 people found this review helpful!
    I I have a thre year contract and when it ends I am gone I have been ripped off by you as I see that you offer $20 per month then how come I am paying $40 per month.. please explain this rto me as it sounds like you take what you can get as extra profit.
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    10
    April 16th, 2014 Bella Vista, AR
    0 people found this review helpful!
    the service I received from customer support was excellent
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  6. User Score
    10
    April 2nd, 2014 Ville Platte, LA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    This alarm company leaves very little to complain about if anything. Once I punched in the wrong code without noticing and my smart phone sent me a signal message that an alarm was activated and before I could cancel it, the police were at my door. My only complaint is the replacement battery cost me $50.00 when I could have gotten it at Amazon.com for $16.00. Their parts are expensive if you buy from them. Otherwise they`re great.
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  7. User Score
    1
    March 22nd, 2014 Houston, TX
    6 people found this review helpful!
    Protect America is a scam, They have a good sales department that talks to you into a 3 years contract because they know their equipment and services are sub-standard. From day one the technical support was poor , slow and difficult to follow. The wireless entry pad is useless as the batteries do not last very long so you have to continuously replace them that is also applicable to the motion sensor.
    The monitoring center is slow to pick up the phone and they manage to mess up my contact information.
    After two years of pains I am really feed up with them as the equipment began to malfunction and send false alarm and since they do not have my correct phone number the could cancel it.
    Anyhow I am not using the alarm because of all the issues I have been having. I am want OUT of this contract.
    This company is not worth the money I spent. If they do not cancel my contract I am filling a complain with the BBB. I am frustated
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  8. User Score
    1
    March 20th, 2014
    1 people found this review helpful!
    The PROTECTAMERICA system in my home has issued two false alarms in the last two weeks. According to customer service person, the first one was issued by the base unit: neither my wife nor I had touched that unit all that day. Today the false alarm was due to the contact on our front door that we used several times before alarm was issued. The status of the system was DISARMED when each alarm was issued.
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    10
    March 18th, 2014 Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I used the chat feature for customer service. It was very convenient and service was very helpful. Linda kindly walked through the steps to do a full monthly system check. The steps were clear and straightforward. I will be using this feature in the future.
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    March 16th, 2014 CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    WOW!!!!!! I relocated and Protect America had a few minor issues with transferring the unit from one state to the next but they resolved them all. I can honestly say this is the best alarm system I have had. Response time is great and the monitoring system is superior to any other product out there. In fact I am currently attempting to become a rep to sell this service. Once again fantastic job Protect America.
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    10
    March 13th, 2014 Hendersonville, TN
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The agent was very helpful and got me everything I needed.
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  12. User Score
    10
    March 1st, 2014
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Just upgraded to Smart Connect. Keep getting a message stating my alarm has been disabled. Check the app on my Droid and it tells me that its on. Cannot use app without it freezing up. Have to remove the app then go back and download it again. I feel like the Smart Connect was just a sales pitch. It doesn’t work at all. I don’t know if my home is secured or not. Been with PA for years with no problem till now.
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    10
    February 27th, 2014 Perrysburg, OH
    0 people found this review helpful!
    quick and took care of my problem.
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    10
    February 27th, 2014 Menifee, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    very helpful
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    10
    February 27th, 2014 Las Vegas, NV
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Customer reps were so helpful and she reminded me at the end of our conversation to do my monthly system test.
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    10
    February 27th, 2014 San Jose, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Great, fast service.
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    10
    February 23rd, 2014 Sylvester, GA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Customer rep was very helpful and polite.
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    10
    February 23rd, 2014 La Mirada, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    very nice and helpful.
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    10
    February 22nd, 2014 Savannah, GA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    fast courteous and helpful
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    8
    February 20th, 2014 Grayslake, IL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Fast and friendly.
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Our Score
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User Score
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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
2,184
Our Score
9.0
User Score
8.0
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
2,184