The original Reddit poster, u/p3achtrees, began the discussion by noting a strange absence from the Behavioral Analysis Unit’s plan when trying to catch serial killers: “Why … don’t they stake out the dump sites if they know the unsub [unknown subject] will strike again?? [They’ve] obviously caught them in the act, having a dead body, disposing it etc. i know some unsubs don’t have consistent dump sites but there are a lot in the show, and I’ve always just been frustrated as to why they never do that!” It’s a good point. Obviously this would not work for all of the serial killers on “Criminal Minds,” but for some cases it could have made the BAU’s job much easier.
One fan, u/coulomb_of_radish, added to the conversation by asking, “Why don’t they put cameras up at the dump sites or around the victim’s houses, especially in stalker episodes?” The lack of video surveillance employed by the BAU certainly is curious, especially, as another fan notes, because the team works to catch dangerous criminals through creating precise profiles with which they can be identified. Perhaps the revival season of “Criminal Minds” should take some notes from these dedicated fans!