Of course, there is the material damage done, like the mess left when the burglar ripped open cupboards and drawers and the damage done to doors or windows. However, the emotional damage you could suffer is just as important. If an irreplaceable heirloom is stolen, your mother's necklace or a charm bracelet containing photos of your children for example, an insurance payout will never be able to compensate you for the loss.
The awful feeling you have when strangers have been in your home, possibly while you were asleep upstairs, cannot be ignored either. Your home no longer feels like a safe haven. This could lead to a long-lasting period of uneasiness. With this in mind, it is wise to secure your home with sound preventive measures like burglar-resistant door and window fittings rather than waiting until a burglary actually happens.