The police, the forestry department and the port authorities are already collecting statistical data concerning crime in general. Maybe other authorities as well. These data are though not accessible neither to the public nor to other public authorities. These data also do not focus in environmental degradation. Consequently, statistical data do not help in planning controls, estimating or even foreseeing crime and improving prosecution. A special “environmental crime registry” which would not offend personal data will provide public awareness, give impetus to an effective green crime prevention and prosecution.
Τhe first part of Action A1 concerning investigating bodies and judicial authorities of Crete is being implemented. The most frequent crime registrated so far in average between 2010-2015 in Crete is illegal soil degradation in means of illegal clearing of woodlands and logging. The economic crisis, the high prices of fuels and the combustion of wood in residential homes could justify this result. The opening of illegal roads for access to agricultural land or remote power plants contributed to the further alienation of the use of forest land.
The first statistics are shown in the graphics below.