At one time I could shut down my house for the winter and not worry about it. The only break-ins ever experienced here were a family of squirrels -promptly evicted upon our return.
Property crimes are on the increase. That's one the things that happen during economic downturns. Empty houses are at risk. Friends and neighbors will keep half and eye on the place, and that'll help.
Occasionally I'll see a vehicle driving around the lake that I've never seen before. Are they scoping out the place? People do stare at my house, but that's only natural as it's unusual. No way to know the interest in my place is due to its architecture or its burglary potential. Could be easy to get paranoid about every strange car.
This year I'm taking extra precautions. Removing more things of value that I normally do. If anything happens to what's left behind . . . well, that's what insurance is for.
Mostly what I'm leaving behind is a house full of books. It's a well know fact that only friends steal your books.