Canton Crime Overview

Canton is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan, and is the 27th most dangerous overall out of South Glamorgan's 60 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Canton in 2020 was 39 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to South Glamorgan's overall crime rate, coming in 114% lower than the South Glamorgan rate of 84 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Canton is the 243rd safest small town, and the 4,498th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2020, Canton was the worst small town in South Glamorgan for burglary, with 10 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.66 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2020 was also a bad month for Canton residents, when it was South Glamorgan's most dangerous small town for possession of weapons, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.13 per 1,000 residents. Canton recorded 13 reports of shoplifting during July 2019, making its crime rate of 0.85 the worst small town for shoplifting in South Glamorgan that month.

The most common crimes in Canton are violence and sexual offences, with 184 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 12. This is 0.54% lower than 2019's figure of 185 offences and a difference of 0.07 from 2019's crime rate of 12. Canton's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 50% from 2019's figure of 3 crimes.

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Crime in Canton Compared To South Glamorgan

Summary of Crimes in Canton This Year

 CantonSouth Glamorgan 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour20713.5919,61739.21189% safer
Bicycle Theft181.181,1632.3297% safer
Burglary463.022,3224.6454% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson563.684,6129.22151% safer
Drugs181.182,2644.53284% safer
Other Crime201.317831.5720% safer
Other Theft382.503,3116.62165% safer
Possession of Weapons40.263210.64146% safer
Public Order845.525,20310.4088% safer
Robbery20.132840.57338% safer
Shoplifting483.153,3876.77115% safer
Theft From the Person30.205161.03415% safer
Vehicle Crime805.253,5077.0134% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences18412.0814,55629.10141% safer

Canton Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Cathays57430.4829% safer
Llanishen54630.9028% safer
Dinas Powys27936.119% safer
Roath67937.644.8% safer
Llantwit Major37238.432.7% safer
Canton60139.46-
Llandaff North34940.171.8% more dangerous
Pentwyn68142.778% more dangerous
Splott62545.7614% more dangerous
Penarth1,09046.9116% more dangerous
Ely72647.9418% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Canton

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Canton Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour118814Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.91.61.11.2Safer
Burglary62.72.73.0Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson63.33.93.7Safer
Drugs0.981.61.21.2Safer
Other Crime1.20.791.31.3Getting worse
Other Theft4.94.04.52.5Safer
Possession of Weapons0.130.070.200.26Getting worse
Public Order4.33.23.66Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.660.070.200.13Safer
Shoplifting10793.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.130.530.460.20Safer
Vehicle Crime53.665Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences9121212Getting worse

Changes In Canton's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Canton to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Canton39.46-
Barnet67.7142% more dangerous
Coventry77.4149% more dangerous
Croydon83.2253% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8154% more dangerous
Bristol86.2154% more dangerous
Leicester97.4460% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8762% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2863% more dangerous
Bradford133.0270% more dangerous
Leeds137.1071% more dangerous

Crime in Canton's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Canton89397First
Victoria Park34958Second

Crime in Canton During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Canton change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Canton saw a 900% increase in burglary. Canton saw a large fall in other theft during November, when it fell by 92% compared to November in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Canton's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+63%+191%+371%+93%-7%+9%-35%+56%+125%+240%
Bicycle Theft-50%-50%+150%--50%-50%+100%---50%
Burglary+50%-+100%-80%-20%-50%-33%-+900%-60%
Criminal Damage and Arson+100%-75%+67%+50%-57%-20%+33%+75%+25%-40%
Drugs--+500%--50%-67%-+100%--33%
Other Crime--50%-+200%+100%-+100%-75%--50%
Other Theft+33%--67%-67%+33%-63%+200%-33%-92%-57%
Public Order+75%--20%+200%+17%--50%+100%-+100%
Shoplifting-82%-83%-47%-73%-85%-62%-78%--78%-40%
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+80%-40%-71%-40%-14%-27%+13%+43%-73%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences+31%-39%-40%+40%+38%-23%-21%+55%-+220%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Canton

What police force serves Canton?
Canton's local territorial police force is the South Wales Police.
How dangerous is Canton?
Canton is among the top 20 most dangerous small towns in South Glamorgan.
What is Canton's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Canton are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Canton?
Canton's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021