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Protect America

Free equipment $0 in up-front costs

Our Score
9.0
User Score
7.9

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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
2,238

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: July 11, 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

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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    10
    June 20th, 2018 Winter Haven, FL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    It’s modern, up to date, and it works. They’re always very responsible and responsive.
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  2. User Score
    10
    June 20th, 2018 Ridgeville, SC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The equipment is simple and it is an easy install.
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  3. User Score
    8
    June 20th, 2018 Anaheim, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They have good technology, they’re affordable, and I believe they have a better system to help me be secure when home or away. They’re straightforward, helpful, and knowledgeable. Every time I called in they helped me through and saved my time.
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  4. User Score
    10
    June 20th, 2018 Naples, FL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They’re very prompt and easy to get ahold of, it’s easy to install and it seems to work and be reliable.
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  5. User Score
    10
    June 20th, 2018 Athens, AL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The over the phone guy was very patient and helped us with the installation, it went smoothly. I’ve had no trouble with their equipment which I have with previous companies.
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  6. User Score
    0
    June 18th, 2018 Federal Way, WA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    When I signed up, they gave me a glass break sensor for free. I asked for motion sensor too so there is an extra $99. I paid for that. But turned out the motion sensor didn’t work out. They said any WIFI devices nearby might trigger the motion sensor. So I returned the motion sensor and asked for money back. They said no problem. It was still within the 30-day period. After I sent the motion sensor back, they said my invoice shows I paid for the glass break sensor, not the motion sensor. That’s why I cannot get any money back. Why didn’t they tell me that when I asked about returning it? Not only I can’t get my money back, I wasted more money to send that equipment back. And now I am stuck with them for three years since I past the cancellation period. DO NOT SIGN UP WITH THEM. Very bad paying system.
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  7. User Score
    0
    June 11th, 2018 Auburndale, FL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I bought my home in December 2007 and have been using Protect America Inc. to monitor the GE alarm system that came with the house, since February 2008, with very little issues. I called PAI customer service on January 10th 2018 and canceled my monitoring service after 10-years. The representative told me the service has been canceled and she will be sending me an email with a link to document the process. I never received such an email. Protect America Inc. continued to process monthly charges to my credit card, which were not authorized. However, all these charges were successfully disputed. Now I am getting bills outside my service period with threats of collections and credit ruination. If PAI does not cancel my account, showing a $0.00 balance, effective January 10th 2018, I will have to file a BBB report, adding to the over 3000 customers who have already reported against this company. I am not a litigious person, but I would be willing to join the petition for a class action suit against PAI for extortion. Another Dissatisfied Customer.
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  8. User Score
    0
    June 7th, 2018
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Absolutely horrible – systems dont work and they refuse to cancel service.
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  9. User Score
    0
    June 7th, 2018
    0 people found this review helpful!
    USE ANY COMPANY , BUT THEM
    CONTRACT COMPLETED – IMPOSSIIBLE TO CANCEL
    SERVICE IS POOR (VERY) ON TELELPHONE SERICE
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    0
    June 5th, 2018
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Hours to wait for reaching costumer service representative, poor services begin with , unclear contract information
    No option discontinue contract even a house was sold .
    700$ cost for equipment , other companises provide it for free.
    No pgysical assistance to instill equipment
    Hight mare !
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  11. User Score
    2
    May 23rd, 2018 Alexandria, VA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They keep calling me and Ive told them that I am not interested, yet they call several times a day.
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  12. User Score
    10
    May 23rd, 2018 Riverside, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Protect America Technician was very helpful and knowledgable
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  13. User Score
    8
    May 23rd, 2018 Bryn Mawr, PA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I was going to say 10, but they keep calling trying to move up tge date of my install. So annoying when i dont own the house yet!
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    2
    May 23rd, 2018 North Las Vegas, NV 
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They may have a decent product but the sales rep promised to send me an email and never did and now they call multiple times per day. Loose my number!
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    2
    May 23rd, 2018 Altamonte Springs, FL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I asked for a written proposal and did not receive one
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    3
    May 22nd, 2018
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The app to arm and disarm the alarm does not work half the time. It is such a pain.
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    0
    May 21st, 2018
    0 people found this review helpful!
    sales person lied about duration of contract , said 2 years but on paper it was 3 years
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  18. User Score
    2
    May 16th, 2018 San Antonio, TX
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Theyve called every day for at least a week after being told I was not interested at this time.
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  19. User Score
    2
    May 16th, 2018 Nashville, TN
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The calling several times a day and constant emails have led me to not want to pursue my security options
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  20. User Score
    10
    May 16th, 2018 Hellertown, PA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Simple to set up, excellent technical support.
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Our Score
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User Score
7.9
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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
2,238
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
2,238