Scout offers some great-looking equipment that not only performs well but is also reasonably priced. Before Scout was created, the founder was searching for a home security system and felt that the industry was 20 years behind the times and outrageously expensive. So he decided to create his own security company with more affordable options: Scout. You get to choose the equipment needed for your home and best of all…no contracts! Read further to learn more about Scout Alarm, our #6 pick for Home Security Systems Reviews in 2016.
- Access sensor and door panel have 100-foot range
- Integrates with Amazon Echo, Nest, LIFX, IFTTT and Philips Hue lights
- Great customer service
- DIY installation with easy-to-follow instructions
- Video tutorials, forums, email and phone support
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- No unnecessary equipment
- No contracts
- 3G cellular monitoring with battery backup
- Pets and sometimes sunlight trigger the motion sensor
- Motion sensor only has a 20 foot range and 90° field of view
- Not compatible with Z-Wave equipment
- Limited equipment options (no cameras or fire or CO detectors)
- No BBB rating
- 1-year warranty on equipment
Scout doesn’t have any set packages. Instead, you can choose the equipment you want for your system so it is fully customizable to fit your home.
- Scout Hub (1 required per system) – $129
- Door Panel (each comes with 1 RFID sticker and 2 key fobs) – $69
- Access Sensor – $29
- Motion Sensor – $49
- Yard Sign – $10
- Key Fob – $4.99
- RFID Sticker – $2.49
As of January 1, 2016, Scout requires monitoring plans with purchase of a home security system.
- Always On – $9.99/month
- Always On+ – $19.99/month
What Customers Think
Scout is still a newer security system (launched in February 2013) so it was difficult finding online customer reviews. The only place we could find them was on Amazon. We will check back in regularly and add more to this section as Scout grows in popularity.
We’ve had a great experience with our Scout system. It’s easy to set up, and so much more modern than traditional alarm systems, which we’d suffered through for years. Having the ability to get notifications and control the system through our phones is wonderful.
-Rich F., Amazon 10/14/2015
Do not buy this item. these are the issues I have had so far with the SCOUT system.
- Batteries die way to quickly with out warning. Hub is suppose to warn before a sensor dies.
- Adhesive backing on sensors don’t last very long. Especially in places where you might use often. Such as windows.
- When hub loses power no warning given, and also reconnecting to sensors takes forever, or just doesn’t work.
Great idea but there are way better solutions out there. I wish I would have spent my money on something else.
-Donte C., Amazon Verified Purchase 11/6/2015
Scout lets you choose the equipment you need for your home security system. No more paying for equipment you don’t need or use. Purchase the exact number of sensors you want so you have the parts of your home that you want monitored. Don’t have enough money for the system you want? Take your time and build your system as your budget allows. Secure your entry points with this month’s paycheck, next month you can add a motion sensor, etc.
Scout has upfront pricing so you know what you have to pay for. And compared to other home security systems, Scout is reasonably priced. Pay around a couple hundred dollars and you’ll have yourself a full security system with affordable monthly monitoring.
This is some of the coolest looking equipment we have seen. With three options (white, black and wood) you’re bound to find an option you find attractive to fit in your home. The equipment has a modern, sleek feel to it and doesn’t look like cheap plastic.
Another key component to the aesthetics is the fact that there is no keypad. Wait, what? So how do you turn the system on and off? Scout uses key fobs and RFID (radio frequency identification) stickers instead of a clunky, unattractive control panel. RFID stickers can be placed on any household item (i.e. TV remote, stapler, picture frame, etc.) and used to turn your system on and off (in case you don’t have your phone or keyfob with you). This keeps your house looking nice and the key fobs and RFID stickers are small.
Scout is a breath of fresh air when it comes to transparency. We’re used to hunting down information but it was simple with Scout. It is so easy to see what Scout offers and what they don’t. They make it simple to understand by listing everything out on their site and have helpful customer service. This is especially true for their pricing. It is clearly listed on the site.
Scout offers home security with no contracts. Even though as of January 1, 2016 you have to get monthly monitoring with your system, you don’t have to worry about being locked in for a certain amount of time. So if you want to test out one of their monitoring plans you can, and you don’t have to worry about not being able to switch plans when (or if) you want.
How Does Scout Work?
See how Scout can help secure your home in this video.
Does Scout have all the features you’d want in a home security system?