GTA 5: How to Lose the Cops Effectively
Having problems escaping the cops in Grand Theft Auto 5? Check out some of our methods below to help make your time in San Andreas prison-free.
Some of these tips will be obvious to veterans of the GTA series, but the latest in the series offers a few new twists to the old formula. Keep scrolling to see, and drop a comment to let us know how lower your wanted level.
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How to Lose the Cops Effectively
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Method #1: Going for a Drive
- The most basic way to lose a wanted level is to drive into any Mod Shop and change the color of your car.
- If the police don’t see you drive into the building, you’ll instantly lose the current wanted level.
- Police will call in the make of your vehicle first. Switching vehicles will help you lose line of sight.
Method #2: Finish the Job
- Unlike previous GTA games, completing a mission will instantly clear your accumulated wanted level.
Method #3: Truck Trailer Ditch
- Press [Right D-Pad] to detach a truck’s trailer while driving.
- A perfect, and little-known, method for blocking off alleyways or tight streets during a chase.
Method #4: Avoiding Helicopters
- At Level 3 or higher, Police Helicopters will arrive. Avoiding choppers will make escape much easier.
- Underground tunnels and subways, underpasses, or bridges will help break line-of-sight with choppers.
- Otherwise, use a Rocket Launcher to shoot the chopper down before making your escape in a fast car.
Method #5: Go Big
- Want to make a clean escape? Hop onto a helicopter or jet in the Los Santos airport. Your wanted level will jump up, but the cops can’t follow an airplane.
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