Well the police actually did recover my stolen bike, but insurance had already paid out so they got it. Would have cost a bit to repair the damage done to it anyway.
They were only able to charge the guy with receiving stolen goods, if I'd had a video that may have gone differently.

I am not at all expecting cameras to do much to get anyone caught but I like the peace of mind of being able to check up on things remotely I guess.

If the whole Idea doesn't lose it's appeal my eventual plan is to get a couple of high res POE cameras but it means running cables on the outside of the house somehow to get under the floor which is the only place they can go to get anywhere.

An unexpected bit of advice maybe that comes from all this - don't buy a triboard house unless you never plan to alter anything - just too much hassle.