Scout Alarm Review
Sleek and Modern Security System but is it Any Good?
Last updated: February 1st, 2017. We aren't sure what sound a Fox makes but this home security system makes a very loud one if you ever set it off. Now it's not smart to make a scout animal or Scout the alarm system mad. Anyways, this new company is turning heads in this industry with good technology and affordable monitoring. It may not appeal to everyone but for Millennials and techie gadget lovers, it is a fresh approach.
A glance at the pros and cons of Scout Alarm
- Pay upfront for the equipment and easily add to it later.
- Modern unique security system you may actually find yourself showing off to friends and family.
- Low monthly monitoring available.
- Free app for any smart device. The app functions good and doesn't have the negative reviews that Samsung Smartthings does.
- You can count on some cool new innovative products to be made by this company in the future.
- You can return the product within 30 days.
- Can't take over existing alarm system or use with GE, Honeywell equipment.
- With over 100 security companies to choose from, it's nice to have someone with a track record.
- Their stickers and sign to put in front of your house cost extra out of pocket money.
- If you want a DIY company with modern technology check out Frontpoint who has in and outdoor security cameras.
Now we will go more into detail about their prices, alarm system and history (or lack of).
What's this going to cost?
You pay upfront for the Scout security system on a as needed basis.
Even with better looks it still costs the same or better than other DIY alarm systems. You buy what you need and can easily add more later.
Here is a screenshot of all security products they offer:
The door panel is unique to them. The wrest of the products are similar to most other security companies. The prices are what you would pay for most any other DIY system. They don't have the typical tiered bundled packages such as 'basic, advanced and home automation'. Their monitoring stays at one flat fee and equipment costs are up to you.
Lets take an average home of 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, 1 living room, kitchen and 2 hallways and see what it would cost to secure it:
A Scout Hub - $129/ea. 1 is required for every system, it is the 'brain' of their system. Compare it to the control panel of every other company that is touch screen or with a keypad. The difference with this is it looks good enough you don't have to try to hide it or drill holes next to your door. 1 x $129 = $129
Access Sensor - $29/ea. A new name for the generic 'door and window sensor.' With our example we need to cover the front and back door, 1 window in each bedroom and 3 windows between the kitchen and living room. 8 x $29 = $232
Motion Sensor $49/ea. You need one for the hall and one to cover the living room and kitchen area. They don't have a glass break sensor as of yet so if you have large pets you may want to try a company like ADT who has more equipment available. 2 x $49 = $98
Accessories $2.50-10/ea. We aren't a fan of this. They charge you for the sign and stickers. These are things promoting them to your neighbors, should be free! Since they are needed, lets buy some for this example anyways. 1 yard sign at $10, 4 stickers at $2.50 and 2 key fobs at $5 = $30
Monitoring. $10+/mo. Note the * next to 'starting at $9.99. You can use the system without that but it defies the point of having a security system. If you are away from your phone at work or vacation and someone breaks in, a self-monitored system isn't doing you much good. 1 x $10/mo = $10
We are skipping the door panel ($69/ea.) in this example as it isn't needed.
Total: 129+232+98+30+10 = $499! You may think we are on 'Price is Right' the way that added up.
Scout alarm system has to offer
Nearly as custom as you can get in the home security industry. Users can choose their color and how many pieces per they want.
When placing an order, users choose between 3 different colors - white, black or walnut wood. This is the only company currently that lets you match equipment to the look and feel of your home.
Here is a variety of their equipment with a notification being features on the smart phone:
And here is some of the equipment we bought in our example. Be mindful, this would only cover 1 door and 1 living room so this package isn't too practical.
Here are the features that Scout boasts about. We aren't sure if they have been in the industry long enough to claim fewer false alarms but we'll go with it for now.
Not too long ago...
Scout has a short history but is gaining traction fast.
Their name and logo fits them as a company perfectly. Sleek and fast. They started as a Kickstarter (funding platform) project. There was enough demand that they exceeded their goal within 30 days. Insteon has a similar story along with an 'all in one' security camera
Founded in Chicago of 2013. They did over a half million dollars in sales within 18 months. At this time we do not have a number amount of customers available and we are unsure how many users decide to monitor or not.
Their niche is for modern homes and anyone who enjoys a sleek, rich feeling design. Much like what Apple did to the mobile phone.
BBB rating: Because they are so new there has yet to be a BBB rating attached to their business.
Alarm Reviews summary
Scout is a hands down cool alarm system. For infant stages of the company we can proudly recommend them even though they have a short history and track record. They may not fit everyone's budget to buy $500+ of equipment upfront but people looking for a sleek and stylish security system have found their company. You can also review the Scout home security system to others here.
If you have had any experience with them or use their security system currently, please share your feedback below.