Police take to Twitter to warn neighbors about a spike in crime in a small Tri-State town. It's new problem in a river city where people know each other and are used to leaving their doors unlocked. But times are changing in Dayton, Kentucky, like in many communities.
Local 12's Deborah Dixon has the new warning from Police.
Dayton, Kentucky, with its rich heritage and historic architecture, is attracting developers and businesses. Bueno Vito, the new pizzeria with its homemade sauces, is the talk of the town. In recent months, town talk includes something else.
Captain Scott O'Brien, Dayton Ky Police: "They would use heroin, pitch needles to the curb, there are children all over here."
Heroin has its hold on some people here, and its affecting everyone. There have been 35 break-ins, in four months.
"Whatever get hands on, grab, trade on the streets, pawn, so can get next hit."
Michael Rosan, Dayton Ky: "When I moved here, I expected a small town feel of security safety to raise my son."
A burglar kicked in a 100-year-old oak door to get inside the Rosan's home. Neighbors are sticking together on this, exchanging numbers and watching each other's homes. The chief is talking about a Twitter account to stay a step ahead of the thieves.
Chief Mark Antrobus, Dayton Kentucky Police: "This is going on in your block, lock windows, doors, even if you're going to the post office or to get a bite to eat, it's a crime of opportunity."
Deborah Dixon: "The problem is, in a town where the problem used to be drinking and fighting, a hit of heroin can cost less than a 12 pack of bud light."
And it's more powerful. Overdose runs are pretty common.
Andy McMahan, Paramedic, Firefighter: "I try to tell them, you overdose, you were almost dead, now you can change your life."
Heroin is so addictive, a near overdose may not be enough to go straight. All the people of Dayton can do is make it harder for them to get their next hit.
Police say the heroin users go across the 471 bridge into Cincinnati to buy the drug.