I always think that. But then I suppose there would be no story if the criminals didn't run. What makes me laugh is the little tiny policewoman (Beth I think)who must weigh about six stone, she is shown wrestling big lumbering blokes to the ground, hardly realistic.
But at least the CID hardly ever shout "GO, GO, GO" anymore, when they decide to apprehend the villains they are watching. That just makes me want to slap them. :)
Political Correctness and Human Rights are at the forefront of police protocol nowadays. Saying or shouting 'Oi' to a possible suspect, might lead to a reprimand from senior levels or sitting magistrate/judge.
"Excuse me Sir/Ms, can you please refrain from doing a possible suspicious and/or illegal act", would possibly be more acceptable than 'Oi'.
Have you noticed that even the smallest incident on the Bill requires blue lights, sirens and fast responses. Then of course we have the door to doors, and CCTV everywhere, which soon provides all the evidence to solve the crime(s) in the hour ;o)
Bring back "Bluey" in that Aussie police series. I can't remember what it was called but always had a chase in it where "Bluey", aged about 40 and who weighed in at about 20 stone, would run after a criminal aged about 18 and weighing about ten stone. Bluey always caught his man.