Out here in the country if your car gets stolen it usually turns up burned out in the bush after being used as a mad mans toy for a few hours. Burned out to prevent fingerprints being lifted.
In the larger cities though, your stolen car is likely to be used in the age old game of 'catch me if you can'. If the police do actually catch up to them they abandon the car and run away.
I'll put my money on fit young men against fat cops carrying half a ton of Bat Belt any day.
The answer to this (as thought up by some dumb ass sitting at a desk) was to make cop cars faster. They tried highly modified twin turbo 4WD Subaru WRX's and now they've gone Supercharged V8 Commodore.
The problems here is firstly the fact that the cops need to be able to drive hot cars…which they cant.
Secondly the public keeps getting in the way, and we've had some horrible accidents resulting in total innocents being killed.