The small community of Bellbrook is not too far from the rest of the neighboring cities. Like Kettering, Centerville, Xenia, Waynesville and others, the fear of drug related crimes, predominately heroin, is a growing concern of Bellbrook’s. The police urge residents to take the necessary precautions to safeguard from theft.
“The message is critical; we all know there is a problem. We had about 92 car break-ins last year and they were all unlocked,” said Mayor Bob Baird. “We have a heroin problem. So lock the house and the cars, because we had zero break-ins with locked doors.”
Whether we believe it or not, we may all be affected by heroine even if we have never tried it. We may be affected by theft, breaking and entering, home invasions, criminal violence and more. One city council member recently had her own experience.
“My husband’s car was broken into, it was sitting in front of our house,” said Dona Seger-Lawson, Bellbrook City Council member. “His change and my cell phone were stolen. I want to thank Officer Jackie Jones who helped me locate my phone and helped me with the necessary paperwork.”
Bellbrook’s rise in heroine use and criminal instances are on the rise. Such events tend to unravel a community and cause people to lock their car and house doors, watch children closer and never leave valuables out of sight for a minute. It robs the community of the trust that built such a great bond.
In the past, when talking about cities plagued with drugs and crime, we would consider larger populated areas such as Cincinnati and Dayton and believed the smaller neighborhoods to be immune. Cincinnati and Dayton’s heroin overdoses rose between 500-670% between 2004 and 2012. Drug related deaths rose drastically as the drugs became more prevalent.
“One good thing about our police department is that they do take the time to help out with these situations,” said Mark Schlagheck, City Manager.
Heroin is one of the cheapest drugs on the street and its supply has never been greater. The average cost to get a good high on heroin is about $10-$20 as compared to the high cost of street market OxyContin pills sold on the street for approximately $65-$80. The reason the access has grown is the close proximity of Interstates 71 and 75 that are being used by drug smugglers.
The Bellbrook police officers are aware of the heroin problems in the community and are taking the necessary actions to stop the criminal activities associated with street drugs. In addition to their awareness, there are plenty of steps you and your family can take to avoid being a victim. Make it a habit to lock car doors, lock the house, report suspicious drug related activity or changes in a neighbor or family member’s behavior or activities.