You might consider having microphones around the house with recording automatic upon burglar alarm activation & hopefully available for replay to you, remotely.
I'm doing this now and think it's a great idea. I use the mics I have installed in each room for whole-house VR and upon any alarm (intrusion detection), HomeSeer runs a script that captures 60secs of audio and then emails the MP3 to me.
The biggest problem is that if I'm not at a PC with email connection, I can't listen to it. I do get the message on my Blackberry which has no audio capabilities, but from there I could forward the message to someone else for review (including the authorities if deemed necessary).
There are also keypads in most rooms that have a "panic button" which does the same thing while announcing loudly through the house that the police are on the way. My girlfriend liked this because if someone got in the house while she was home, the alarm wouldn't sound and she may not even be able to get to a phone, but there is
a good chance that she could get to one of the panic buttons.
Within 75secs, I can usually be listening to the recording and could call the police if required and provide them with a pretty good idea of what was happening based on what I heard.
The mics are so sensative, that they work well to be notified of other types of trouble too... I have HS set to email the audio capture on other events such as power outage or smoke/fire alarm. With the audio clip it's easy to hear what's going on in the house (smoke detector or UPS beeps with power out, etc.)
The way I look at it. If a burgular has enough guts to stay in my house after all the interior lights come on, a loud voice comes out of no where and starts announcing that it know he's there (even which room) and that he's being recorded with audio & video equipment, and that the home owner and local police have been notified all the while the outside lights are flashing... well, then he's welcome to some of my stuff!