Quite right gordonroy43 - Like most, I have my fingers crossed, neigh almost 'entwined', that I won't have any 'little visitors'. My house is currently part-renovated so it's a bit easier for me to take relatively simple precautions.
So as to make my property as unattractive as possible to such ne'er-do-wells, the house is totally devoid of anything of any value. All tools fittings etc, including the boiler and well pump, are stored in the basement of a Bulgarian friend's house in the centre of the village. It's not much trouble to pop the boiler and pump back in place when I visit - taking about an hour to do.
Although I acknowledge that their mere presence might attract attention, I have also made and fitted security bars on the ground floor and have a secure cupboard, about 1.5m cubed, set into the very fabric of the house on the ground floor with a strong, reinforced, steel-plated door on it.
So unless actual tiles, walls and bricks start 'walking' (as has happened to some, I admit), I hope to have no problems.... But still one never knows.
Anyway- I digress (sorry MOD) but I am still happier in a house than paying possibly gee-whizz level maintenance fees for an apartment.
But everyone to their own, of course....