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:
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

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

The Russian doll of leases

Nowadays, due to the economic difficulties of many tenants, a large number of subleases of previously rented homes is being observed. But it is important to know if this is a legal practice in Spain. The truth is that in order to be legal, a very important requirement need to be fulfilled, obtain the written consent from the owner. Yet, this consent can be fixed initially or a posteriori. The Urban Rental Law (LAU) only covers partial sublease, but without specifying the degree of surface that can be sublet.

The properties can only be sublet partially and with the prior written consent of the landlord.

Thus, there are two different contracts, a first between the landlord and the tenant and a second between the tenant and a third person. We cannot forget that if the owner does not give his consent, the sublease contract is not valid and then he has the right to revoke the main contract.

However, if allowed, there are some prohibitions in subleases:
The cost of the new rent can never be higher than the rent the landlord is paying to the owner;
A commercial or industrial place or even garage cannot be rented as a home;
The tenant can't rent the house without living in there.

In summary, the most common situations of illegal subleasing are:
Non-consensual subleases carried out under express interdiction and with no knowledge of the owner;
The tenant who doesn’t live in the rented house and who profits by re-renting the rooms of the residence, earning a global income higher than what he pay to the owner;
The realization of works in the rented house to make it win more rooms.

In this type of case it is important the work of a private detective, who will be able to investigate these subleases and get evidence that exposes the situation. Their services allow knowing who is really living in the property, also finding out if it is used correctly. One of the functions of private detectives is to provide evidence of improper subletting to be possible to require financial compensation for the misuse of the residence.

Another situation that is even more significant and that should be referred is the illegal rental of tourist apartments, which is a strongly condemned infraction and where the owner of the domicile is considered responsible. That is why it is important to know how the tenant is using the house. As such, a private detective is essential to ensure that the property has an appropriate use at all times.

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

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

If you only know half a secret, you can’t tell the whole truth

Today, on March 13, 2019, Law 1/2019 of February 20, on Business Secrets, comes into force. In Spain, it is the first legislation that is dedicated entirely and specifically to regulate the secrets of companies.

This Law creates a legal security framework that preserves both the confidentiality and the innovation of the projects of a certain company. In addition, it provides a clear description of the concept of business secrecy and the various protocols that exist to identify and protect it.

As it is evidenced in the aforementioned law, a business secret is "any information or knowledge, including technological, scientific, industrial, commercial, organizational or financial, that meets the following conditions:

a) Be a secret, in the sense that, as a whole or in the precise configuration and assembly of its components, it is not generally known by people belonging to the circles in which the type of information or knowledge in question is normally used, nor easily accessible to them;
b) A business value, whether real or potential, precisely because it is secret, and
c) Have been subject to reasonable measures on the part of the holder to keep it secret. "

In this sense it is essential that companies invest an additional effort in information and especially in the training of their workers. Everyone must understand that they are in front of a business secret and the consequences that exist at the time of its disclosure. The truth is that consciously or unconsciously, most secrecy leakage occurs by employees.

With the entry into force of the law, it is possible that companies need to apply new complementary measures such as the implementation of confidentiality contracts, or the impediment that a single worker has access to all the information of a particular process or project, that allows him to reproduce it outside the company. It is important that the information is shared among several people, mainly in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical sectors since they are the ones that are more armored by this legislation.

Spain thus becomes a European benchmark by be one of the few countries to have a law that regulates business secrecy. The most important novelty is related to the behaviors that constitute a violation of said secret. In addition, it makes clear in which situations it is considered lawful to obtain, use and disclose business secrets.

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

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

A real chameleon, that's the detective woman

The word "detective" takes us immediately to the world of fantasy where the classic and mythical male hero stands out. However, black novels about detectives have long ceased to have only male characters like Hercules Poirot or Sherlock Holmes. Our eternal Miss Marple, a detective created by Agatha Christie, attentive, curious, observant and lover of mysteries with enormous analytical capacity, already refers us to the female presence in a universe practically dominated by men.

One of the first real cases that still remain a legend is the case of Mata Hari, whose real name is Margarita Zelle, as she was one of the few spies who has aroused a great fascination and interest over the years. This dancer, specializing in erotic dances was arrested and shot in 1917 on suspicion of taking advantage of her intimate relationships to work as a double agent for Germany and France, during the First World War, causing the death of thousands of soldiers.

Nowadays, many things have changed in the world of espionage, the techniques used are different, everything has to be legal and there are basic rules to be followed. However, the female presence continues bit by bit to enter a profession where for years, perhaps decades, the male figure has excelled. It still remains a stereotyped work traditionally by men despite the advantages provided by the female gender. The hope is that it will not be like this in the near future since the truth is that no one suspects a female detective and that is why it is often easier to obtain information.

Seeing two women talking for an hour in a corner is quite normal, but if it is two men it causes more distrust. However, for many advantages that can be listed relatively to a female detective, the truth is that machismo remains constant in this type of job.

In 2018 only 30% of these professionals corresponded to women (approximately 400), where 36 are in charge of a company, an insignificant number but in constant increase. Her work begins to value each day more due to her capacity for discretion, sensitivity and confidence that, day by day, are very useful in this work.

Celebrating women's day, we want to give voice to all women who are dedicated to this sector, to give courage and hope that a better world is to come and women will lead together with men in an equal world.

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

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

The apogee of the investigation

The work progress of the private detective over the years has been of great importance. If before these professionals focused only on family investigations, the truth is that nowadays that is no longer the case. Issues such as insurance fraud, fake sick leave, illegal rentals, among others, are frequent demands when hiring a private detective.

For the work of these professionals to be complete, the preparation of the written report, the apogee of the entire investigation, can never be missed. This document sets out all the investigation carried out, serving as prove for the client and even in front of the courts. The report can’t be considered as one more step of the investigation process, but as the center of all the work, since it is the document that is delivered to the client, the final result.

As described by Law 5/2014 of April 4 on Private Security, the report prepared by private detectives must state:

"Registration number, details of the contracting party, purpose of the contract, means used, results, intervening detectives and actions taken"

Its wording should be objective, clear and concise, so it is important that the results be brief but well argued and with recourse to graphic evidence to demonstrate the written information. Its main objective is to focus on the investigated person, with data of the maximum possible impartiality to guarantee the credibility of the document.

As you can see the report issued by the detective is a fundamental element, which serves to assess the work performed and especially to clarify behaviors that otherwise would be very difficult to verify.

According to Law 1/2000 of January 7 of Civil Procedure the report of the private detective is a testifying document. As such, it is important to be original, objective and chronological by way of being well understood in Court.

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

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

The multi-faceted detectives

The work of the private detective is usually quite diversified. Today we can have an infidelity case and tomorrow a case of fake sick leave. The truth is that our work is not boring at all and all sorts of situations and requests are passed through our hands. There are more worked-out topics than others, since they are more common. So let us say that with the amount of topics we have, it is as if we had a thousand jobs in one.

Our work is divided into three large groups, individuals, lawyers and companies. In other words, these groups of people are usually our main clients. In each category there are also more requested topics than others, as such we will exemplify the most frequent requests.

When our client is a private individual, our focus of work is usually obtaining evidence about neighborhood problems, hiding secrets among family or friends, the location of people or topics related to relationships.

If the client who contacts us is a lawyer, our work is already more focused on the verification of the falseness in the use and enjoyment of old rental apartments, the violation of rules in rental contracts or also the preparation of reports of economic solvency and in the case of custody of minors, the non-payment of pensions.

In the case of our client being a company, or its representative, the type of work can be related to fake losses, unfair competition, absenteeism, corporate fraud, espionage, trademark falsifications or patent violations.

As you can see our services as well as multi-faceted, they include any type of client that needs proves to solve their problem, not only legally but responsibly too.

Our work motto is the satisfaction of our client by providing irrefutable evidence, obtained with the highest quality and professionalism.

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

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