Over the festive period, a tough new prosecution policy means people charged with the crime face up to five years in jail rather than the normal one-year maximum sentence.
Conservative leader Ruth Davidson wants the policy to become standard.
"A crime in June is every bit as wrong as a crime in December," she said.
"The penalty for breaking into someone's home should be just as serious each and every day of the year.
"Most people will believe that a firm commitment to a permanent change is what's really needed."
Mr Salmond said: "Sentencing is a matter for the courts and for the Crown Office."