A new study on crime rates in Montreal has found a concentration of unlawful acts in a handful of neighbourhoods, including Little Burgundy, St. Henri, Pointe Saint-Charles and Ville-Émard.

Those neighbourhoods top the list for crimes against people — but the incidence of property crime is highest in the Plateau Mont-Royal, Little Italy and Petite-Patrie.

The study, conducted by Montreal police, compared crimes rates in different neighbourhoods across the island between 2005 and 2008.

Results from the study suggest crime rates rise in areas where there are bars, clubs, CÉGEPs, universities and metro stops.

Violent crime rates peak in the summer, with assault being the most common infraction.

An increased police presence tempers property rates — but not crimes against people, said Jean-Francois Pelletier, head of strategic development for the force.

"Violence within the family, or spousal abuse will happen inside a home," Pelletier said in French while speaking to CBC News on Friday.

Despite the study's figures, crime in Montreal has been declining since 1991, Pelletier said.

The study's findings will be used to help the police force determine its priorities in upcoming years.