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

Work-in-Progress – Let us know how you escape the cops in the comments.

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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13 Comments on GTA 5: How to Lose the Cops Effectively


On September 26, 2013 at 7:37 am

Much better to just hide in bushes xD


On September 26, 2013 at 7:44 am

I have found that if you hide in the sewer channels you lose a wanted level really fast, especially if you hide under the bridges. nice and simple.


On September 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

Cops dont follow you on train tracks also they get you underground eventually


On September 30, 2013 at 1:56 pm

As long as you have no helicopters, drive all the way to the top of a mountain and the cops will not follow you there!


On October 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I discovered one of the best ways to lose the police is to hop in the cargo bin of a train and take cover. a helicopter might find you, but you can ride the train into a tunnel and lose the cops there.


On October 11, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Stealth is key to slipping a wanted level. On foot, diving for cover can help break line of sight with pursuing cops, and gives you a chance to sneak away, or ambush your pursuer. Once line of sight is broken, DO NOT RUN! Cops can’t see through walls, but they can hear through them. Use the fast-walk in sneak mode to move, and stay in cover against walls when you can. Don’t peak corners, stand back three or four paces.

In a vehicle, once line of sight is broken, slow down and blend with traffic. Cops that aren’t looking your direction won’t notice you unless you attract attention to yourself. If you’re in an emergency vehicle with a siren, turn it off.


On December 5, 2013 at 1:06 pm

The cops in GTA V is ing psychopaths!


On December 5, 2013 at 1:17 pm

In GTA V i walked next to an officer and i looked at him and he said to me stop stare at me you’re f***ing or something like that but i continue look at him then he start shooting at me got 2 stars and i had to take self defense and then i got 3 stars then 4 they r f***king crazy! The hole Police enforcement coming after me just because i walked next to an officer then i saw a guy killed a Police and No police Came after him!


On January 12, 2014 at 6:11 am

My friend told me this one and it works! RB, RB, B, RT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT


On January 18, 2014 at 5:03 pm

A good spot I found is the garage in west vinewood, this garage is not for any of your characters but will open for all of them (it is the same place where the Vapid Bullet spawns occasionally, south of Franklin’s new safe house. I think the house is also the place where Franklin meets the strangers and freak guy with the camera) if the cops don’t see you pull in the driveway you can go all the way to the back and they never run inside. Also it is fully enclosed to helicopters won’t see you


On February 14, 2014 at 12:01 am

I usually head for the ocean – drive right in, jump out of my car and stay underwater till my wanted stars disappear.


On April 4, 2014 at 11:13 am

Train tracks is the best. cops dont follow you there 99.9% of the time


On October 15, 2014 at 8:29 am

play it smart and like a real criminal, switch cars or start crime spree on foot then enter a car. if u can drive normal and not too close to cops you’ll make the perfect getaway.