A three per cent rise in the city’s crime rate was mostly driven by a spike in property crime, according to second quarter numbers released by Halifax Regional Police on Thursday.

Property crime, like theft and breaking and entering, rose by 10.4 percent in the second quarter, and 11.5 per cent so far in 2010.

So despite an 8.6 percent reduction in the number of violent crime this year, HRM’s total crime rate rose by three per cent.

“We’re happy that violent crime has gone down this quarter,” said police spokesman Const. Brian Palmeter.

“There’s still work to be done. We would like the numbers across the board to be lower. But we said all along that we do experience these spikes and peaks that do affect our numbers.”

Palmeter said the rise in property crime was very strongly connected to a rise in thefts from vehicles, as well as thefts from homes.

He said many of the home invasions were a result of occupants leaving doors or windows unlocked.

Violations

Other criminal code violations, such as prostitution and weapons charges, have also decreased by 2.2 percent so far in 2010.