More than 1,000 people over the age of 60 in Northamptonshire were the victim of a burglary in 2015, latest figures have shown.
Figures released by Northamptonshire Police after a Freedom of Information request show 530 people aged 60 or above had items stolen from their homes, while a further 486 had garden sheds or garages broken into.
The number of burglaries in 2015 is slightly down from the previous year when there were 581 domestic and 542 non-domestic burglaries in the county.
Liam Condron, chief executive of Age Uk Northamptonshire, said a burglary could have a devastating impact on an older person.
He said: “If an older person is burgled it feels like an invasion of their home and they may feel less capable of defending themselves.
“If an older person is the victim of a burglary or a scam they are more likely to become more distrustful and isolated as they will not go out as much which can affect their health and well-being.”
Mr Condron said statistics showed that older people were less likely to be victims of crime but often had a higher fear of it.
He said: “a lot of older people feel more fearful of crime, especially if there is a spike in burglaries in an area or victims of a particular scam.”