Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Uncertainty and the Response of Disappearances


On October 8, in the Sense Ficció program of Tv3, directed by Montserrat Besses and Pere López, the documentary Temps d’espera of own production on missing persons was aired. In which our CEO Jose María Oliver is part representing Detectives Oliver, to contextualize our work concretely in one of the strangest cases of disappearance, which occurred more than 30 years ago, we did not stop searching for the missing Pires ritrrit brothers in the Hospital from Manresa.

“Disappear without apparent cause. A tragedy for the family, an emotional shock with indelible consequences. An unknown reality despite the fact that in Catalonia an average of 370 disappearances are reported each month. 2018 closed with 4,447 complaints to the Mossos d'Escuadra for these reasons. Some disappearances last a few hours; another few months; and others last forever.”

This documentary gives voice to all the families that go through this trauma in their lives, explaining in the best possible way the entire emergency protocol: complaint process, activation, methodologies and closing the search for a missing person. Together with the testimonies of close friends, the security forces and bodies are also part of the documentary together with the detectives as indispensable tools in this type of event, exposing how and how they can help families and victims to find their whereabouts.

Here below we provide the Link of our intervention:




Here you can see the entire documentary in full:



Wednesday, 4 September 2019

The Pinocchio in vacation time



With the summer holidays a step away, many Spaniards already have everything planned. Whether to escape routine, relax or meet a new destination, everyone takes advantage of this time of year to leave work for a few days or weeks. However, when discussing their summer plans, not all people tell the truth. Among Spaniards, for example, 3 in 10 lie about the subject (34%).

Jetcost, a web site that allows users to compare rates and availability of flights, hotels and car rentals, has decided to conduct a study about the experiences of Europeans during their vacations. Three thousand people from 6 different nationalities (British, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, German and French) participated in the survey. And the results are without a doubt ... interesting!

When asked if they had exaggerated in any aspect of their holidays or even lied about them, 68% of participants answered yes. The most mentioned lies were:


Relatively to the destination, the shame of saying his real destiny (35%); want to impress someone (32%); not having gone anywhere (15%) and wanting to be equal to the others (12%) were the main reasons for not telling the truth. The people who are most lied to, are the co-workers (33%), those who suffered the most with this "summer pinecone" effect, following the friends (27%) and ending with the relatives in 12% of the cases.

In addition, approximately 75% admitted having told family and/or friends that they had enjoyed the holidays more than they really had, having confirmed, in 55% of the cases they would never tell anyone that the holidays had really been a failure and a disappointment.


And as if it were not bad enough to lie about certain aspects of their holidays, some go further, giving wings to the imagination and posting false photos on social media in about 10% of cases.

Finally, when analyzing the results of the different countries at European level, we confirm that (unfortunately) Spaniards are the ones who most feel the need to lie about some aspect of their holidays.


• Spain: 68%
• Italy: 65%
• Portugal: 60%
• Great Britain: 58%
• France: 47%
• Germany: 45%


If Jetcost were a detective agency, it would certainly have asked if at the time of travel people also lie about who is accompanying them and possibly discover many cases of infidelity. The truth is that if you have to hide the truth in such trivial matters, you need to know in what more (important) aspects these people have the courage to lie.


Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Your right on baggage


We are in the middle of summer in which millions of people will take their flight to go on vacation, do you know your rights on your luggage? Now we tell you.



Definitely when we fly, we may have an incident that could damage our trip either to or from the trip, and more and more airlines are changing their policies regarding baggage limitations, however airlines must comply with A series of legal measures established by the European Parliament in the Passenger Rights Regulation (EC) 261/2014, we often do not know what they are and do not know how to proceed.

MY SUITCASE DOESN'T APPEAR, WHAT DO I DO?

When you invoice a suitcase at the airport it is your duty to respect the rules in terms of weight and content of the package established by law at the same time, it is our right to receive the luggage intact and at the appropriate times.
The steps to follow in this case is:
1. Go to the point of attention of the airline with which we have flown before leaving the airport.
2. Report the incident, requesting a piece of baggage irregularity (PIR) describing the details of the event.
3. Save all tickets or purchase receipts since most companies usually cover between € 90 and € 120 of what we can consider expenses of first necessity, that is, clothes or clothes for a change and expenses on hygiene items that You have to buy at destination for not having your luggage.
4. Make a list of the objects contained in the lost suitcase to attach to the party and send them to your insurer if before traveling you have hired a travel insurance that covers these types of problems with luggage.
5. Deliver the completed part in each field to the airline counter and keep a copy for yourself.
6. Wait for the response of the airline and the compensation that touches you, which will be calculated according to the type of incident suffered, the value of the objects (if the suitcase is finally lost) and the expenses caused by the incident.



OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS TO PROBLEMS WITH LUGGAGE:

• Damaged luggage. If your suitcase or its contents are damaged upon arrival at the airport, go to the company counter to show the damage and request a form to claim the damage. Ideally, do it before leaving the airport.

• Baggage delay If the final destination is reached and the suitcase does not appear, the passenger is entitled to reimbursement of expenses that this inconvenience may have caused during the holidays,

• Theft in your luggage: The airline is obliged to respond to lost, lost or damaged luggage, but not to theft that occurs in the suitcase if it arrives at its destination in perfect condition. Therefore, in these circumstances, even if you make a claim to the company, you will not be entitled to compensation, and the correct way to act will be to go to the airport police station as a victim of a theft to file the corresponding complaint. The limit of liability is about 1,400 euros per passenger unless special declaration of value prior to the check-in of luggage after paying an additional fee.

THE DEADLINES FOR CLAIM ARE THE FOLLOWING:

• For damage to luggage: up to 7 days from the date of receipt of luggage.

• Due to late luggage: up to 21 days from the date it should have been received.

• For lost luggage: no limit. You must first make the claim for late luggage, and if after 21 days you have not received it you can make the claim at any time. You can also present it before if the airline confirms that your suitcase has been lost. Now you can travel a little quieter knowing all the rights you have as a passenger. It should be noted that each airline has its own rules so it is convenient to review its billing policy before the flight.



You will not fly without learning one more thing!!
Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Summer infidelities: We know you were unfaithful last summer

You smell the breeze, you notice the sun and the water splashing your legs, you smear sand and put the airplane mode so that nothing disturbs you, but the latter will be more difficult if you see that your partner does not leave the phone alone or to enter in the shower.

At that time the summer becomes a hell of heat and internal suffering, communication does not flow and the other person ignores you or denies everything dealing with you crazy.

That's when you see more clearly that it is summer infidelity, that in the moments that you are left alone with your children, he or she will go for a walk or play tennis with friends splicing with dinner until high hours of the morning. Later you might have to leave a weekend in the middle of the holidays for urgent work issues ... suspicion. All these details betray the adult liar that all he wants is to play two bands.

A large number of professionals, with their studies, show that in the summertime people are receptive to being unfaithful and having an adventure.

The results reveal that one in three Spaniards has once been unfaithful to their partner. With sex, men often succumb more easily to infidelity than women. 60% of Spaniards think that in summer it is more likely and easy to commit infidelity.
The reason?
In summer we usually have a better mood and it is a time of fun, being more predisposed to have an adventure since we are more receptive, those are one of the factors that most influence when it comes to being unfaithful.

And within the range of infidelity there are different reasons, within the three types of adultery they modified; punctual infidelity, double life infidelity or repeated infidelity.

The reasons:

  • For spite. It means anger and anger.
  • Because of a whim. Self-esteem and romanticism are sought.
  • For pleasure. They are adventures by pure sexual desire.
  • To recover the spark. The summer adventure is for the infidel a way to rekindle the flame of life as a couple in times of blockage.
  • Open doors. Use infidelity as a launching pad to break up with your current partner.
  • By empty nest. Mature people are convinced that their partner is no longer what they have and that they still have a lot of life ahead of them.


The ingredients of the infidelity broth:

  • More time = more conflicts
  • Temporary separation
  • New places
  • We are happier
  • We are more uninhibited
  • More free time
  • Break
  • We know more people
  • Seduction game


So you know, if all or most of these factors coincide with what you are living, emphasize communication with your partner and if it is impossible to talk to her, go to a private detective or couple therapy, because as Paquita well says that of the Barrio, the Mexican singer: "Three times I cheated on you: the first for spite, the second for whim, the third for pleasure."





A. Oliver
Private detective



Wednesday, 24 July 2019

It was the trip of my life ... until it ceased to be


Having time and money to travel is the dream and the will of many people, but at the time of planning the trip everything can happen. And if you are lucky enough to reach your destination without major complications, once there everything can happen to you. The problem with not knowing where you are going is that you are more predisposed to being scammed.


The scams and frauds in the reserves can be disguised and turn a perfect or almost perfect holidays into a real nightmare. Therefore it is vital to be attentive when looking for online travel deals, mainly if they seem too good to be true. The truth is that the web is the best place to provide opportunities for scammers. However, it also offers travelers the information necessary to make appropriate decisions that can avoid any type of scam.

It is important to pay attention to companies that we have never heard of and investigate them a little bit before giving our money to potential scammers. And in addition, it is equally essential to make a search, about the chosen destination for our trip, by way of discovering if there are some types of scams that are more frequent and how to avoid them.


For example:

If someone offer us free vacations or travel discounts from third parties we should think twice before accepting it. It's probably a scam!

Frauds in rental apartments or advance payment of a hotel or travel package, in order to guarantee a lower price are two other very common scams.

Once in the holiday destination the scam of hotel promoters or taxi drivers often happens. We must be vigilant in order to avoid it.

In addition, in many countries counterfeiting and ATM thefts are also a source of problems and a fairly common scam.

But the question is what to do if it happens to us?


If this happens the first thing is to file a complaint with the police and keep all the documentation that can help prove the fraud. The hiring of a private detective is also usually helpful as fraud investigations belong to his field of action. In Oliver Detectives we are specialized in the investigation of tourism services so we are trained to help solve the situation in the best possible way.


Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The origin of the first detective investigations in Barcelona.


Oliver Private Detectives is a brand of research and security services, officially registered since 1981. It is not the oldest in the city of Barcelona but has been influenced by the first ones, the companies that have made known the work of a private detective.

Due to the high importance and contribution of these pioneering companies to what is now a recognized profession beyond borders, we will dedicate the next weeks to its main founders in our city.

To start this journey of detectives we have chosen Enrique Cazeneuve Cortés. For many, he is the founder of the first private detective agency in Spain, located at 6 Calle Balmes in Barcelona, right next to our company address.

In the early twentieth century, Cazeneuve, who was born in Toulouse, and was living in Barcelona, was in the year 1910, responsible for installing the first office of private detectives. Author of the book "El detectivismo práctico" and innovative detective has undoubtedly left his legacy and his brand not only in Barcelona but throughout Spain.

Detective by profession, Enrique Cazeneuve is the first to be enrolled in the private detectives and investigators' school in Catalonia. His first investigations directly related to "detective" cases were based on robbery of patents, thefts in factories or infidelities, where husbands wanted to know if their women were unfaithful.

However, Cazeneuve was not a lone wolf in this profession, he liked teamwork. In addition to having selected a magnificent team of young professionals to accompany him in his work, transmitting the techniques necessary to carry out this profession, in the 20s he decided to create a detective academy to train future professionals.

However, his contribution does not end here, for him the dissemination of the role of detective in society was equally important and as such spread the profession in the media of the time, participating in radio programs through a series of talks that had a great approval from the spectators.

Enrique Cazeneuve Cortés dies at age 79, keeping his history and memory alive until today.



Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives



Wednesday, 26 June 2019

SOS Tourism, the perfect help



The tourism sector encompasses hotels, restaurants, transport and many other companies related to the trips and stays that people make to numerous places that are different to their usual environment, either for leisure or for professional reasons.

The main value and asset of any hotel facility and tourist or recreational activity, is to offer a quality service and permanence to its users.

However, tourism is a complex phenomenon that involves the business and state sector as well as the tourists themselves and the populations that live in tourist destinations. Therefore, it is important to bear in mind that this displacement of people can assume both positive and negative consequences in the parties involved.

Fortunately, there are professionals whose experience and work methodology focuses on avoiding this type of negative consequences derived from tourism. More and more private detective companies devote their time and effort to help both tourists and companies in the tourism sector.

In Detectives Oliver the investigations in this area, and our resulting intelligence studies, are directed to cover those determined deficiencies of information and significant knowledge of tourist security, diminishing the risks and therefore, assuring a stable field of action in the different scenarios of action and geographical location of hotel, tourism and recreational activities.


Our intelligence studies in the tourism and investment sector include:

Losses of cash at ATMs; disappearance of consumable material; sale of fake tickets; Mystery Guest; infiltrated worker; quality control and pre-labor research; Pre-contractual, pre-travel, commercial and property or people investigations.

In our company we certify the evidence obtained to avoid or minimize fraud in hotel groups, cruises, leisure facilities and all those involved in the Spanish tourism sector, until reaching the resolution of the process and guaranteeing the contracted objectives. In addition, we offer you the most complete information about your travel and tourism trips. Before your transfer, we arrange all the information you need about the establishments and their economic, financial, and commercial spheres and also in the personal sphere of the people with whom you wish to interact.


Our service letter also includes intelligence services in localization. We offer you the possibility of locating people, tracking residents or foreigners who come to spend their holidays in Spain. In addition, we locate companies and tourist establishments, offering you the references you need in your specific case.


Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

There was once a story of disenchanting


Living with the misfortune of the disappearance of someone close to us is too great a burden to bear. The uncertainty of what has happened, the life put on standby, always waiting for the day when some news will arrive about the person who from nothing has stopped being part of our daily world. It is difficult to live with this pain, it is difficult to learn to smile again and it is completely impossible to forget what happened.
However, incredible as it may seem, there are unusual cases related to disappearances in which people simply decide to disappear and give up the life they had without thinking about its consequences or the pain they can cause to those left behind. One of these cases occurred in the United States, in 1970.

A single mother left home and never returned, leaving her 15-year-old daughter after a family argument. In 1996 buried human remains were discovered and although they failed to do the DNA tests, the police determined that they were those of the missing woman. For 13 years the mystery would be closed case but in 2009, with the use of more advanced techniques of DNA analysis, it was concluded that the remains belonged to another individual. With this outcome, it was decided to reopen the investigations in search of the missing woman. Forty years after his disappearance, the police claim to have found her, with 84 years and a new family (she had had 14 children) although it is not clear what she has done during the last decades or the reasons to disappear suddenly.

         In these cases and many more must be clear that not everything is what it seems.



Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Private Investigator
of Oliver Detectives










Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Laugh or cry? How to solve problems that occur when traveling

A 180º lap can happen even on vacations that we thought would be perfect. The truth is that everything can be twisted in a matter of a few minutes, so it is best to be forewarned. An incident during a trip is for many people a real headache, either due to expenses that we did not contemplate, for the loss of luggage or passport, for a hotel much worse than the supposed or even for the loss of the total trip. Actually, at some point, we have all had some kind of complication during our vacation.


And what are the most frequent problems that occur when traveling? Well, we will present 10 incidents that usually happen when traveling and how to try to solve them.

1. Loss of luggage
If you arrive at the airport and your bag has not shown up, go to the airline counter to claim. There they will take note of your contact details and also tend to offer you a bag with some basic things, for example shampoos and creams. To avoid this type of occurrence it is important to label the suitcase well and remove all labels from previous flights. You can also carry a spare change in your carry-on luggage just in case.

2. Overbooking in hotel/flight
If the airline denies us boarding due to overbooking on our flight, it must reimburse us for the ticket, offer financial compensation and alternative transportation. By law, airlines are obliged to reimburse people for flights with excess reserves but do not always assume their obligations in these types of situations. Actually you can also request the transfer to the destination on a different date that suits you better, however it is essential to process all this procedure at the airport itself and be clear about what the airline will do to prove the overbooking.
If this happens with the hotel, and if the change does not convince you, you will have the benefit of an adequate reimbursement for lack of compliance with the contract. But, in the case of hotels it is always easier since they usually inform the client in advance and the relocation is in hotels of the same or even higher class.

3. Questionable taxis
From unexpected detours to irregular or non-existent taximeters, the truth is that tourists who end up losing money are immense. Many are transported to unexpected places or confronted with an astronomical tariff. So before calling a taxi, it is important to have an idea of the route and the time needed to reach the destination, a solution is to check it in Google Maps for example. And it is also essential to verify if the vehicle is equipped with the taximeter and if it works.

4. Wi-Fi
By accessing an unprotected network, you are leaving your personal and financial data available to anyone who wishes to seize them. So it is important that you do not connect to the first network you find, and wait until you find a more secure one. If you are in a hotel, cafe or restaurant, you must request access to the establishment's official network and use a VPN connection with additional security.
5. Loss of passport
If you lose your passport, the first thing to do is to report to the local police and find a consulate in the city you are visiting or in the nearest one. There, they will help you with all the necessary procedures. To avoid this type of problem, it is important to bring an authenticated copy of the passport (sheet where the photo and the name are) and keep the original in the hotel room. You can also send a copy of the passport to your email before traveling.

6. Wallet theft
As in the loss of the passport, if your wallet has been stolen, you have to contact the police as soon as possible. You must inform the bank so they can cancel your credit cards. If you travel accompanied you can ask a relative to send you money to the account of the person with whom you are on vacation.

7. Credit card cloning
In addition to the theft of your wallet, you may be able to have your credit card cloned. If that happens you should immediately notify your bank to cancel it and make a report at the nearest police station. If this happens to you, it is important to have another card (only for emergencies) in order to continue paying what you need in your holidays.

8. Gifts from local inhabitants
During the trip you can be approached by a local inhabitant who wants to offer you a bracelet or a necklace for example. And in spite of looking like an inoffensive act, the truth is that at the moment the gift is accepted the person who offered it demands a payment. If you do not pay, it is common for that person to keep trying in order to create confusion. That's why it's best not to accept gifts from strangers.

9. Getting sick
Many people usually travel without health insurance, but in case of illness it is always better to have an insurer that can help us with all the necessary procedures to avoid eternal paperwork. You must avoid going on your own to a doctor and call before to know what kind of agreements there are so that everything is paid by the insurance.

10. Need to cancel/interrupt the trip
By way of obtaining cheaper travel it is usual to buy everything in advance, but the longer the advance the greater the possibility of having some type of unforeseen when traveling. The most frequent reasons are related to health problems or labor issues. If you are forced to cancel your trip, the insurer will take charge of the cancellation costs, but only if the cause is justified correctly and included among those detailed in the insurance conditions.


Those who want to guarantee their safety during the holidays can also resort to the services of private detectives since these professionals are used to doing research about illegal situations of tourist housing (when you try to rent a residence for the holidays), analysis of tourist destinations, security needs and recreational prevention, studies of the urban context and tourist attraction and also research on insecurity and the effects on tourism activity.

The main needs of people, conscious or unconscious, in the choice of leisure and free time, are originality in the offer, quality, price and also security.


Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Intuition in relationships

What is intuition?

At the popular level it is called Sixth Sense.

The RAE provides us with very ad hoc definitions for this occasion:
"The ability to understand things instantaneously without the need for reasoning"
"Intimate and instantaneous perception of an idea or truth that appears as evident to whoever has it"

It is as if inside our gray mass the puzzle disassembled in 1000 pieces, automatically and unconsciously it is assembled with only 999 pieces. We still have to find that fragment that is missing.


Why do we hold back when it comes to believing in our intuitions? In my opinion, we must trust others, more generally we should trust more of this unconscious process that is alarming us about something that does not fit.

Of course our intuitions are not always 100% reliable, because states of mind, emotions, perceptions, prejudices come into play. You always have to check with objective and real proofs that are not the fruits of our paranoia or imagination.

However, we must deepen them if we want to clarify a certain situation because they can give us important clues in the search for the truth.

If we talk about relationships, it is very important to know the basic behavior of the other person in order to identify inconsistencies.

In a relationship for example, we are supposed to know well the other person.

If we do not know the other person well it is because we have been together for a short time and if we already begin to fail of trust something tells us that it is better to leave it at once.

If at a particular moment in our relationship we begin to doubt certain acts, first of all we should ask our sentimental partner for an explanation. This without negative emotions, in fact we should give the person object of our doubts to fit the pieces of the puzzle without judging them at first sight.


Second, if we do not find satisfactory answers or if we stay with that feeling that there is something there that we do not know what it is but does not leave us alone, then we can use the brainstorming method in writing. We could write on a sheet all the thoughts that come to mind, memories of strange things, that do not fit, certain indications, also events that seem to have no importance, which, however, come to mind just as we are writing. In this way, reading our written ideas we move a little away from our subjectivity. We can also pay attention to the changes in our body while we review the information and see how they make us feel. Once this brainstorming process is finished, we must look at everything we have written and compare it with the information that our partner gave us when asking for explanations.

Here we should have a more complete view of the situation that does not fit us.

Now, there are two types of people: those who seek the truth and those who prefer not to go further, rather stay with the doubt and continue trusting their partner. Both are totally respectable.

If at this point there is evidence that something does not fit and you are one of those who prefer the truth even if it can be painful, something very common is to hire a private detective to give us the proofs that will finally confirm that we are not paranoid. This is the most expensive option in terms of money but less in emotional expenses. This is the option that evokes an initial high investment, but in the long term neutralizes emotional expenses.

If we are more daring and do not want to involve external people, we have to behave as researchers ourselves. Control mobile phone, emails, discover passwords, follow in certain places. Knowing that you could cross legality and that the game turns against you, once all this is done, you cannot go back. All these acts involve loss of trust and something very important is going to break within the relationship. For this same reason, now it is no longer intuition, rather you have to be aware of the consequences and be ready to accept what comes.

So, in what group are you?

Federica Cossu 


For more information about Federica Cossu, expert criminologist and sociologist, you can access her information and professional contact: http://aconve.org/federicacossu/
Tuesday, 7 May 2019

The truth of the detectives that changes your life


On May 2, J. Oliver and A. Oliver were invited to discuss, in the program de boca a orella of RNE, Radio 4, about the profession of the private investigator and his day today. This was because it was the day on which the 20th anniversary of the creation of the association of private detectives of Catalonia, the first association at European level and recognized internationally, was commemorated.


The work of the private detective is often defined as the profession where the life of other people is investigated, but often without authorization for it. It could not be a more incorrect definition. The work of the detective has to be objective, it is regulated and it must be legitimate to investigate the person the client asks for. You can not investigate if there is no legitimation.

The function of the detective is to seek the truth, always. There are times when that truth is not what the client wants or was waiting for, but it is the one that he receives from the professionals he has hired to reveal his uncertainties.

Usually, the client contacts these professionals because they have a suspicion about one of the most diverse possible topics, both at a business and personal level. It can be a case of infidelity, alimony, false pretense, illegal rent or, for example, unfair competition. Due to the high number of possible cases, the day to day of a detective is usually always different, spending many hours in the street investigating and looking for evidence to contribute to the clients. Tests that if they are not legally obtained, they are useless.
Besides the work in the street, the detective looks for the information in all the means at his disposal. Many times the researchers themselves "help" in the process because they publish their entire lives on social networks or on the web. An example of this is the Airbnb boom in the rental of illicit tourist flats that has increased enormously and where all the information is usually available to those searching for it online, but providing proof of that is often not so simple. It is here that the work of the private investigator enters.

However, it is important to clarify that investigating and spying are different concepts that many people tend to mix. Spying is an illegal activity while investigative work by the detective is legal and regulated by law. Not everyone can investigate and be named a detective, he must be properly qualified and have a professional license.

Reality always surpasses fiction and there is nothing more rewarding than being able to discover a truth that has the capacity to change someone's life for the better, without ever forgetting that ends do not justify the means and that everything has to be within the border existing legal.



To listen to the entire interview, access HERE.




Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives
Thursday, 2 May 2019

Uncertain identity: the secrets of your origin


"All his life Antonio had the feeling that he was adopted. His affectionate family denied that, but the absence of similarities with the members of his family and the lack of photos related to pregnancy, indicated that his mother might not be the woman who brought him into the world. One day he decided to end doubts by requesting his birth certificate. The truth jumped to light, the dates of birth did not coincide. Antonio was definitely adopted." This could be the beginning of the story of one of the many adoptees that currently exist.

If we start searching online for stories of adopted children in search of birth parents, infinity of things will emerge. Many of them are stories with happy endings, others not so much. However, they all have one thing in common: the desire to know their origins.

In the vast majority of cases, all families that adopt children give them everything they need, however there is a desire stronger than all, to know the whole truth, where they come from. They ask themselves daily what happened, whose fault was it, what was the situation that led to the adoption, as their biological family looks like. There is an immensity of unanswered questions that induces a feeling of deep emptiness.
In the past, adopted children could not search their biological family because unfortunately if they tried to do so they were censored and called "ungrateful" because it was seen as a failure of adoptions. However, times have changed and currently in Spain, the right to know their biological origins is already recognized by law. It is a process that can last for months or years, but the curiosity of knowing the truth surpasses everything.

Luckily, there are qualified professionals for this type of search, private detectives, who due to long years of experience always have search alternatives in cases of unknown whereabouts. The indication of adoption in the birth certificate can be a good starting point to discover the whole truth, although a thorough and detailed search is necessary to end these stories with a happy ending as if it were a fairy tale.


Nobody look for his mother because they already have one, the adoptive mother, the mother of heart. They look only for their origin, their real identity.




Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives


Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Catalonia, the mother of dragons


The streets are bathed with the smell of roses and books. The couples walk happily, she with a rose in her hand and he with a book just received. They are enjoying the most romantic tradition of the year, the Sant Jordi dyad. With a strong popular character, mixing romanticism and culture, this festival combines the commemoration of the day of lovers and the day of the book. This is April 23 throughout Catalonia.

Sant Jordi, patron saint of lovers in Catalan lands, has joined the celebration of World Book Day, promoted since 1995 by UNESCO. Its central elements are love and culture, represented respectively by the book and by the rose. The stalls selling books and roses are crowded in the main points of the cities, where people try to approach to fulfill the tradition.

April 23, unfortunately, it is characterized by deaths of emblematic characters, who are still remembered today. Beginning with the gentleman Jordi, the saint who has refused to persecute Christians and who soon has become an urban legend, and ending with famous writers like Miguel de Cervantes and Shakespeare, who also have seen his life end on this fateful day in April.
Possibly due to the nefarious theme that surrounds this day, the most outstanding stories in the book market, with a remarkable sales success, are the books about murders, police investigations and crimes. People are still attracted to police plots and thrillers.

The legend of Sant Jordi, known to all Catalans, is in itself a story of suspense, where a dragon frightened the inhabitants of a small Catalan city. To calm this dragon full of hunger, the population has decided to give him one person a day chosen by lot. One day, bad luck came to the princess. However, Sant Jordi, a beautiful gentleman, tried to rescue her. With his sword pierced the dragon and from the blood was born a rosebush of red roses. Sant Jordi, plucked one of the roses and gave it to the princess.

This legendary fable has served as inspiration for one of the most impressive works of Gaudí, visited annually by thousands of tourists in Barcelona, the Casa Batlló. The facade and some of the interior spaces portray this story through images. On the roof it is possible to visualize the scaly back of the dragon crossed by the sword of Sant Jordi. On the top floor is the balcony of the princess, represented by a flower. Finally, the lower balconies and columns have skulls and bone shapes embodying all the dragon's victims.


As it is possible to verify, April 23 represents a day of great importance for the Catalan people, who in addition to celebrating love and culture, keep alive the tradition of Sant Jordi, its patron.

However, if you are in a relationship and it is not all rosy, do not forget that there are professionals who can help you find the origin of the truth. On this day we should all receive a book or a rose, without having any doubt that these emotional details are received by another person from the love of our life, our sentimental partner, our Sant Jordi or our princess fairy tale.



Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Private investigations in public sites



We all have it clear that social networks are strongly attached to our daily routine. If the truth is that there are many people who despise the use of social networks, there are others that do not live without connecting at least once a day to one of their social network accounts.

With the evolution of technology, access and dissemination of information through social networks has been made easier and faster. It is so easy to communicate with people hundreds or thousands of kilometers away by this means, that a good part of our social life has been transported to the world of the web.

As is common knowledge in the last decade Facebook has shown its importance around the world, and is nowadays one of the most influential internet pages used by millions of people around the planet. This social network as well as many others have a leading role in our lives, both personally and professionally, as they allow us to instantly communicate, share, exchange and promote information, products and services. They have been introduced in our daily life from the field of intimacy to the workplace, for business, culture, politics and economy.

In Detectives Oliver is no exception! We have already become familiarized to the virtual world not only to promote and share information but also as a work tool.


We are present in the most social networks such as Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn to show our clients our work methodologies, promotions and everything we think may be useful for those who follow us in this virtual world.



However, for our daily work, social networks are also a powerful search tool complementary to traditional research. Society has become ubiquitous in virtual platforms, where social networks have become key points of a private investigation because people provide information that they do not provide in other places, therefore its use to search for information is relevant in many cases that we have in hand. The use of this type of instrument has to be managed through a rigorous and meticulous work that at any time can replace any of the traditional methods, since it is only used to help the detective’s work.


Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

After cleaning the house ... they also cleaned money

You don’t have time for anything so you're thinking of hiring a cleaning lady to have your house always perfect. Even when you're not there? Do you have too many weeds in the garden but you do not know how to deal with the matter, so you want a gardener? Well, be careful. This article is for you. Let's not forget that nobody is equal to anyone and of course there are good and professional people. We are not trying to put everyone in the same bag. However, in recent years there have been many reports of robberies carried out by both cleaning employees and gardeners.


Everyone knows that women love jewelry. Some of them more than others obviously. And for some women, the idea of using them is not enough, so they also need to steal them. And what is the easiest way to do it? To work for people who have a lot of that.

Some examples in the media refer cases where the stolen amounts are exorbitant. A cleaning lady, alleged author of four crimes in homes where she worked, had stolen more than 20,000 euros in jewelry. Another one, with the help of her son, stole more than 8,500 euros, also in jewelry. Even with help, she was not the luckiest one, since another cleaning lady took advantage of her condition as cleaner to, together with her son, steal more than 40,000 euros in three properties. It is almost the perfect crime. There are no signs of violence and the access to the house is not forced, but sums of money disappear just because you trust the wrong people.

Many times the employees are treated as one of the family and the owners have total confidence in them, being left alone at home when they are working, having access to all the house divisions without any supervision, allowing contact to the goods that are later seized.

In addition to the cleaning employees, gardeners are also news in social communication for the worst reasons, since many of them take advantage of their work to commit the crimes. Some, even access the properties with their residents inside them. Others disguise themselves as gardeners only to watch the houses and thus choose which to steal later. There are also some kind of gardeners who forget the plants they have to take care of, because they are too focused on the neighbor's home, controlling the movements of the victims to decide the best time to act.


So, to prevent theft by domestic workers (cleaning employees or gardeners) or try to prove if they are really guilty without accusing them unfairly, one of the solutions is to require the help of private detectives. These professionals can provide evidence to discover the culprit, even in cases that employees tend to commit the crime when nobody is watching. The detective can find out when the employee executes the theft by handling hidden cameras, for example.

*With this article, we do not want to generalize, we talk about the experience in our sector and the high number of cases that we have found.


Sindia Alves and A. Oliver
Anthropologist and Detective
of Oliver Detectives

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