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Vehicle theft numbers up in Santiam Canyon

Linn County Sheriff Michelle Duncan reports an increase in stolen vehicles in the Santiam Canyon area. 

Deputies have arrested six people for these crimes this year alone. Suspects have been identified in other cases and investigations are continuing with more arrests pending.  

Some vehicles were stolen from other areas and dumped in the Canyon area, while others were stolen directly from Canyon communities.

Several of the stolen vehicles were Honda Accords or Civics, which are the most common vehicles stolen in the nation. Others were left running and unattended, making it easy for the thieves.

“If you own a Honda, extra measures such as alarms, steering wheel locking devices and hidden kill switches can be installed to help prevent theft,” Sheriff Duncan said in a press release.  

With all vehicles, they should never be left unattended while running. 

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