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Home security upgrades grew in popularity during the COVID-19 lockdown in March and April, despite a drop in theft and break and enter offences.
Home invasions dropped by 14.1 per cent over a five-year period from April 2015 to March 2020.
This is according to the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR).
Meanwhile theft from residential properties decreased by 14.7 per cent in the last five years, and theft from motor vehicles remained stable.
Security Alarm Monitoring Surveillance (SAMS) Southern Highlands' operator Murray Vild said this was not directly related to COVID-19 restrictions but rather a response to more time spent at home.
"We had quite a few existing customers contact us through March to increase the level of control and boundary perimeter protection," he said.
"There was an increase in the number of boundary automated security gates and surveillance cameras with live and recording playback viewing via smart phone."
Mr Vild said there was also an increase in enquiries about back-to-base monitored security systems.
"We found more people are seeking and accepting greater security within their home," he said.
"Early in the mandatory COVID-19 home isolation period we received enquiries about camera systems that can monitor temperature. When it was first released in February, it was very expensive but now the technology has come down in price.
"I believe the key is control. People want to control who, where and why others approach their premises. Knowing who has been at their premises is a great benefit in this COVID-19 era."
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Meanwhile domestic violence related assaults were down 6.4 per cent over a five-year period, while reports of non-domestic violence related assaults remained stable.
Intimidation, stalking and harassment was down by 2.6 per cent.
Non-domestic violence related assaults across NSW were 39 per cent lower than expected between March 15 to April 26 of this year.
Domestic violence related assaults were consistent with expectations.
Southern Highlands Police was contacted for comment.