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



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