Scout Alarm Home Security Review

Rating: 7.2 / 10 (Very good)
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Scout Alarm is a Chicago based home security company that has been providing fully customizable, wireless home security systems since 2013. Customers can set up and monitor themselves, but the company also provides the option of professional monitoring as well. The company has been featured in such publications as Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, and Mashable.

How is Scout Alarm rated?


Contract & Price
Technology Integration

Overall Rating: 7.2 / 10 (Very good)

Scout Security offers customizable, stylish home security devices with either DIY or professional monitoring, for exceptionally low prices. Their system has exceptional interconnectivity with other home devices. However, the initial investment in equipment is quite high.

How does Scout Alarm work?

Equipment - 7 / 10

Scout offers personalized plans, in which homeowners choose the devices they need. Their website guides customers through the purchasing process, beginning with color and the Scout hub that controls the sensors, to then offer a door panels, access sensors, and finally motion sensors. Every step has comprehensive information on the hardware and its uses.
Self-Install (DIY)
Equipment Manufacturer
Scout Alarm
Ability to Reallocate System
Wireless Sensors
Control Panel
Event Triggered Siren/ Alarm

Security Monitors, Sensors, & Devices

Intrusion Protection

  • Door & Window Sensors
  • Garage Door Sensors
  • Motion Sensors
  • Recessed Door Sensors

Environmental Protection

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Flood
  • Smoke


  • Indoor Cameras
  • Outdoor Cameras
  • Doorbell Cameras
  • Live Surveillance
  • Event-triggered Surveillance

Life Safety

  • Panic Button
  • Medical Alert


Monitoring - 7 / 10

Scout provides both professional, 24/7, UL-certified monitoring, and self-monitoring options via cellular and broadband. Both include email and push notifications, 4G LTE cellular and battery backup, and the Scout mobile app for iOS and Android, without any annual contract.
Monitoring Options
Professional Monitoring
Self Monitoring
Monitoring Technology
Number of Monitoring Centers
Monitoring Center Type
Professional Monitoring Services
24/7 Professional Monitoring
Police Dispatch
Fire Department Dispatch
Medical Dispatch

How much does Scout Alarm cost?

Contract & Price - 8 / 10

All of the Scout equipment is purchased by the homeowner according to their security needs, but in order to be effective should always include the Scout Hub ($129), access sensors ($29 each), motion sensors ($49 each), door panels ($69 each). Monitoring plans begin at $9.99 for self-monitoring, and $19.99 for professional monitoring. Scout doesn't require any yearly contract.
Monthly Fee (min)
Monthly Fee (max)
Number of Available Packages
Installation/ Activation Fee
Equipment Starting Cost
Contract Required
Cancellation Policy
30 Day Return + 10% Restocking Fee
1 year

Technology Integrations

Technology Integration - 8 / 10

Scout has one of the most integrated devices in the industry, compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, ZigBee, IFTTT, Nest, LIFX, and Z-Wave. The company offers live surveillance feed, with live updates, email, and text messages via their iOS and Android apps.


Amazon Alexa
Google Home

Mobile Access & Alerts

  • iPhone App
  • Android App
  • Email & Text Alerts
  • Live Surveillance Feed
  • Remote Arm/Disarm
  • Geo-location Services

Home Automation

  • Event-triggered Automation
  • Unique User Codes

Scout Alarm Reputation

Reputation - 5 / 10

Scout's monitoring centers are UL-certified, and accredited by the Central Station Alarm Association. They are not BBB-accredited or rated.
BBB Rating
Date Collected
Year Founded

Certifications & Associations

  • Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA)
  • Underwriter's Laboratory (UL)

Contact & Additional Information

Homepage URL
Company Phone
(844) 287-2688
Headquarters Address
2023 W Carroll St, Chicago, IL, 60612
Mailing Address
2023 W Carroll St, Chicago, IL, 60612

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