Brinks vs. Protection 1

Compare Brinks and Protection 1 to choose the home security company that’s best for you.
Updated May 26, 2020
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If you’ve narrowed your home security search down to Brinks and Protection 1, let us help you make your final choice with some details about the two companies. Both of these providers are reputable companies offering standard home security services such as entry detection, 24/7 professional monitoring and security cameras. While similar, they have some distinct differences. We’ll lay those differences out to help you make your decision.

Compare Brinks vs. Protection 1

Brinks and Protection 1 are both large, national security companies with a reputation for great customer service, and both serve over a million customers. Brinks is by far the most experienced security company, operating for more than 160 years in various security-related endeavors, and entering into home security in 1983. Protection 1, meanwhile, is a little younger, but its dedication to customer service is second to none. To demonstrate this, the company did away with its automated answering service in order to better connect to its customers. Both companies offer an array of home security products and services under a long-term contract, and both offer both do-it-yourself and professional installation, but there are some differences in their pricing models.

  • Price

    Winner: Brinks

    Brinks offers 24/7 professional monitoring starting at $39.99 per month, and even lower for Nest customers that want Brinks professional monitoring at $29.99 per month. Whereas Protection 1’s lowest price per month is $34.99, and its monitoring service can be up to $54.99 per month, which is comparatively steep. However, Protection 1's monthly pricing structure includes equipment costs.

  • Equipment Cost

    Winner: Protection 1

    While both services have a good selection of security equipment including entry detection, cameras, and control pads at an affordable price, there’s no upfront cost for equipment with Protection 1. Brinks equipment, on the other hand, costs $199 for the most basic package, and usually more if you’d like to add video doorbell or security cameras - costing up to $1,099.

  • Monitoring

    Winner: Brinks

    Brinks and Protection 1 both require 24/7 professional monitoring to protect your home. However, Brinks offers both self and professional monitoring for Nest customers starting at $19 per month with a three-year contract, or $29.99 per month for month-to-month monitoring. Since Brinks offers both DIY and professional options depending on your equipment choice this category goes to them.

  • Warranty

    Winner: Brinks

    Protection 1 offers a $1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee, a generous offer that very few companies match. Brinks does offer a 2-year equipment warranty and $500 in theft protection, but Protection 1’s wins thanks to its bigger promise.

  • Home Automation

    Winner: Brinks

    Both Protection 1 and Brinks offer some smart home capabilities including smart light control and connectivity to your voice assistant. However, Brinks’ offerings in this area are more robust at a lower cost, with mobile control already included in its basic package. Protection 1 only offers this kind of capability with its two highest-priced packages.

  • Safety Monitoring

    Tie: Brinks & Protection 1

    On all its plans, Protection 1 offers monitored fire and carbon monoxide protection, as well as what it calls “environmental and life safety,” which means monitoring for extreme temperatures or flooding, as well as a medical panic button. Brinks offers LiveVoice Assist and a similar array of environmental monitoring services - making this category a tie.

Winner: Brinks

When all is said and done, these two home security companies really are neck and neck. Both have a great reputation, dedication to customer service, and a complete line of services, including 24/7 home, environmental and medical monitoring. Protection 1’s $1000 Theft Protection Guarantee is a compelling offer, but Brinks better pricing and longer experience win out for most situations.

Brinks Home Security


Monitoring costs starting at
Contract length
36 months36 months
Trial period
30 daysNone
Installation (DIY or Pro)
DIY with professional option Professional
None $1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee
2-year equipment warrantyNone
BBB Rating
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge. Details accurate as of May 26, 2020.

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