Protect America Home Security Review
Locked-in rates and lower monthly costs make Protect America a budget-friendly home security choice
Protect America Prices and Packages
Protect America SAFE PackagesThese packages come with the same connection options, installation types, and warranties as Protect America’s other package offerings. All packages also include the Simon XT Control Panel, one motion detector, battery backup, three window decals, and one yard sign.
Is Protect America worth the price?Protect America is one of the most affordable home security companies. Because it utilizes a landline connection for entry-level plans, it’s easier to keep costs low. We calculated the total cost (minus taxes and fees) of a three-year contract based on Protect America’s $19.99 per month Copper Plan. Over the lifetime of the contract, the cost works out to less than $6 per week. Because the average loss from a break-in is around $2,300, we think that price is definitely worth it to thwart a burglar.
What is the difference between landline, broadband, and cellular?Landline connections use a hardwired phone line to connect the security system to the monitoring center. This is the oldest and most affordable connection available. The biggest weakness of a landline connection is the possibility of a criminal cutting the line to disable the system.Broadband connections use the internet to connect to a monitoring center. These connections are faster but come with a higher price tag. There is less likelihood of tampering with a broadband connection, but there are still wires involved (your Wi-Fi router) and hacking could be another potential threat.Cellular connections are considered the most reliable and tamper-proof. They use a cellular uplink and cell towers to communicate with the monitoring center. These connections remain in place if the internet goes down, and there’s no risk of wires being cut. But again, you will pay more for a cellular connection.
Is DIY installation my only option?No. You can choose either DIY or professional installation. Professional installation costs $199. But you can save that money if you decide to install the system yourself. For DIY installation, Protect America provides detailed instructions and tech support if you run into problems.
Does Protect America home security work for renters?Because Protect America’s control panel and other equipment is 100% wireless, you can install it in an apartment without causing any damage to the walls. The only downside is the three-year contract, which means if you move to a new apartment, you’ll need to uninstall the system and reinstall it in your new place.
What happens if I cancel my contract early?Protect America requires you to pay 100% of the remaining balance on your contract if you cancel early.
Do I own my Protect America equipment?With Protect America, you own the equipment from day one. The equipment cost is included in your monthly monitoring service fee, so you don’t need to come up with a big chunk of change upfront.
Touchscreen Control PanelThis is your in-home monitoring station. You get a large display with a color LCD touchscreen that features user-friendly icons to arm, disarm, and check the status of your home security system.
Window and Door SensorsThese small, wireless sensors come with a five-year battery life and let you know when doors or windows are opened.
Motion DetectorsThese devices detect movement over a range of twenty-five feet and are pet-friendly up to forty pounds.
Garage Door SensorGet instant notification whenever someone tries to open the garage door.
Glass Break SensorWith this sensor in place, you’ll be alerted if someone breaks a window.
Wireless IP CameraThis camera lets you access, view, and download stored video using the Protect America app.
Keychain RemoteYou can arm or disarm your system, or use the panic button with this convenient, pocket-sized remote.
Outdoor Video CameraKeep an eye on the exterior of your home with infrared night vision and 30-second video clips whenever the alarm is activated or the system is armed or disarmed.
- Affordable monthly rates for landline connection
- Lifetime equipment guarantee
- Fifteen-day money-back guarantee
- No rate increases
- DIY or professional installation
- Big price for broadband or cellular monitoring
- Steep termination fees
- Long contracts
- Lots of upgrades required