A spike in property crime is being blamed on prison realignment. 

The Public Policy Institute finds a significant jump in property crimes is directly related to the release of non-violent offenders.

Those releases came after a federal mandate ordered state prison populations be reduced and many convicts were sent down to serve out their sentences at county jails.

The report finds 18,000 offenders who would be in jail or prison are walking the streets, committing more crimes.

Property crime has surged 7.6 percent statewide since last year.

The report also found violent crimes went up last year, but there was no connection made between that figure and the release of offenders.