I'm not so worried about the next few months before we move is, as we have somebody staying there to keep an eye on things.
Thinking more about when we are actually living there.
No doubt we will be away traveling for periods and the house will be unattended.
Looking at all options, alarm systems, networked cameras etc. big dog....!!
I am reluctant to install the iron bars for aesthetic reasons, plus don't want to feel like I'm imprisoned in my own home, but if its really necessary then so be it.
JD your bars don't look so bad but still I would feel like I was holed up in a safe house.