Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas Achievements

Serial Offender

Get arrested 50 times.  

Easily obtained right out of the gate – it is recommended to get this as early as possible since getting busted will remove all of your weapons. The easiest way to get busted is to drive in front of a police car and attempt to carjack it. The cop will get out, allowing you to get in. Allow him to open the door back up – he should point his gun at you, and the screen will say Busted. Only Busted screens count.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by Sn1p1ng Joddo
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 12:51:07 PM

Does this means losing me guns 50 times?

Comment #2 by bigp 6
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 01:01:05 PM

@1 yup, I'll probably boost this at the very beginning, there's always a cop to punch infront of the police station so it should go pretty fast

Comment #3 by PolledChild
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 02:22:52 PM

Yeah, this will be the most I've ever been arrested in the gta series combined.

Comment #4 by Stig Semper Fi
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 02:25:41 PM

Well if its like the anniversary editions of III, Vice City, and San Andreas, you ll keep any weapons you have.

Comment #5 by MarkusT92
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 @ 04:04:00 PM

If you have the police girl as a girlfriend, you'll keep your weapons after beeing arrested.

Comment #6 by Dylan0o7
Thursday, October 23, 2014 @ 09:34:14 PM

Beat the game 100% and you have unlimited ammo + it doesn't go away when you die or get busted on a new play through.

Comment #7 by mjc0961
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 03:11:42 PM




The goal is NOT to get arrested. This achievement is stupid.

Comment #8 by The Stray
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 05:56:51 PM

#7 Yeah, but what do, seems simple enough anyways.

Comment #9 by mjc0961
Sunday, October 26, 2014 @ 07:50:37 PM

@8: Actually it's not. I got arrested once and then I just went inside the station and punched a cop. They kept beating me, wouldn't arrest me. So I walked outside and got in a car. They pulled me out and kept beating me, still wouldn't arrest me. I don't know if I triggered a weird glitch or something but if this can't be grinded easily, fuck it.

Comment #10 by roza
Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 12:31:01 AM

@9 Those cops don't have the same AI. It's more aggressive Pedestrian. One even cowered after I hit him. Best to just steal cop cars/bikes later in the game

Comment #11 by Killerchronic
Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 10:45:08 AM

I used to go for completing the whole story with no arrests, deaths or mission fails :(

Comment #12 by GREY058
Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 11:12:34 AM

I hate achievements, that require you to "lose". It's just stupid: Fail a mission, drown, get arrested...
Anyway, if you want to keep your stuff, just save the game and load it after you got achievement

Comment #13 by mjc0961
Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 08:41:38 PM

@12: Agreed. Achievements for losing are stupid (.

Actually I like achievements for losing in a speculator and/or hilarious fashion, but this is neither. It's just "lose 50 times". Terrible achievement.

Comment #14 by AgentXLVII
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 @ 06:08:33 PM

stupid achievement

Comment #15 by ksenchy
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 @ 07:31:40 AM

you need to get the police girlfriend and you will not lose any weapons or money for getting busted

Comment #16 by SleazyRoller
Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 07:42:57 AM

Are the achievements a bit uninspired, or is it just me? Also, dumb achievement.

Comment #17 by LatsisLare
Thursday, October 30, 2014 @ 05:56:07 PM

45 to go!

Comment #18 by killerofmen
Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 01:57:49 AM

Simple,save your game then grind the 50 arrests by jacking a car and bumping into cops walking the beat or run some over close to him then let him arrest you,boring but it shouldn't even take an hour.Reload your game afterwards so you haven't lost anything.

Comment #19 by FellipeMfar
Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 06:40:44 PM

shit achiviements

Comment #20 by Aromit
Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 08:48:12 PM
I think this video will help you

Comment #21 by Daniel55645
Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 10:49:42 PM

@20 that method is way too long. just steal a cop car from the garage. automatic 3 stars. then drive across the street so they bust you and not just pull you out of the car.

Comment #22 by aDOUBL3
Saturday, November 01, 2014 @ 11:42:17 PM

@21 Thanks for the tip. I'm gonna grind this bitch out now

Comment #23 by koppn
Monday, November 03, 2014 @ 11:31:37 PM

yea when you get arrested, just punch a officer and get busted... took less than 10 min.. hate farming achivements the other level 12 shit... i hate them...

Comment #24 by cammyjammy
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 @ 02:13:19 AM

This is probably the most grindy of the achievements for this game.Just get arrested in the beginning area and once you do I found the fastest way to just run into the police station, grab the pistol down the hall for an automatic 2 stars, and then run outside and get in a vehicle for an instant arrest.

Comment #25 by l BlackBrian7 l
Tuesday, November 04, 2014 @ 08:58:10 PM

I strongly suggest saving every 15-20 as I got to 48 and the game froze.
Every time I did 1 the games frame-rate would get worse until it finally froze. Raging right now >:(

Comment #26 by Judicar
Saturday, November 08, 2014 @ 12:27:51 AM

Okay, I originally was going to skip this but found a decent point in the game to do it. Progress enough in the beginning of the game where CRASH kicks CJ out of Los Santos and into that hick town, I think it's called Angel Pine. Might have the wrong name but whatever the town is they strand him in. At that point in the game all of your weapons are confiscated so I feel it's a good place to do it since you won't have anything to lose. The place is small enough that it's not too hard to find cops to piss off, either on foot or in their cars. It's easy enough to just punch them or their vehicles then get in a car or on a bike and they'll arrest you. You spawn in the town since it's so small so just repeat this and you should have it within an hour. Sometimes the game is stingy in spawning co

Comment #27 by Judicar
Saturday, November 08, 2014 @ 12:29:24 AM

ps so just drop by Ammu Nation and get some grenades or a machine gun and wreak havoc until they show. Grenades are faster but you can potentially kill two birds here since all the machine gun mayhem will likely raise your weapon skill in that gun a lot by the time you finish this.

Comment #28 by Young Tobias
Monday, November 10, 2014 @ 05:50:06 PM

Combine this with Los Santos Slayer by entering the Los Santos police station, killing all the cops nearby, then getting in a car (or preferably a bike since they're foolproof) and waiting for them to pull you out.

Make sure most importantly that you save regularly, I'd suggest after every 10 arrests at the absolute most, as doing all this causes the game to slow down and eventually freeze.

Comment #29 by Thorpe
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 08:38:50 PM

Get busted in Las Venturas and then enter the police station you came out of. Run through to the back and pick up the guns. This gets you a 2 star wanted level instantly. Make your way out of the building shooting some cops on the way to maintain your wanted level. Then steal a car and wait for cops to pull you out.

Comment #30 by EricHawrylyshyn
Sunday, November 16, 2014 @ 04:09:21 PM

Just date Barbara (the cop) and you won't lose your guns when arrested.

Comment #31 by frankthetank312
Saturday, November 22, 2014 @ 08:08:18 PM

I sit and wonder...with all of the content in this game, why is failing an achievement? I would have much rather seen 100% game completion (or more of the tasks involved in acquiring 100%)than "fail 50 times" or "watch credits". I hate to complain, but this will be my final achievement and I will be glad it is over.

Comment #32 by Dylan0o7
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @ 01:55:23 AM

@31, I've always wanted san andreas to have achievements, this list is a complete let down.

Comment #33 by DTAHOEK360
Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 06:59:28 AM

I found a really fast way to do this. I'm actually doing it right now. After I beat the game I got arrested near my house on Grove Street. You'll spawn at the LSPD. Just go back inside and make the quick right into the area with the file cabinets. Punch the officer between the table and file cabinets and the position yourself between the file cabinet and the table with your back to the wall. The officer will double uppercut and arrest you within 10 seconds every time.

I kinda wish I could post a pic in this thread to specify the exact spot but it should be easy to understand. This method is by far the fastest and least complicated. Watch a video or a movie and you'll be done in no time.

Comment #34 by DTAHOEK360
Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 07:01:05 AM

My method can be done at anytime early or late. Just make a separate save if you don't want to lose anything.

Comment #35 by DTAHOEK360
Sunday, November 30, 2014 @ 07:08:36 AM

There will be a bullseye paper target on the bulletin board above CJ's head when you are standing in the correct spot.

Hope this helps. Just unlocked my achievement in about 35 minutes.

Comment #36 by MindFudgeZombie
Monday, December 01, 2014 @ 10:25:50 AM

I did this by stealing police bikes every time I saw one. The cops AI is pretty violent so I got beat half to death more often than arrested, but they almost always Bust you if you're in a vehicle.

Comment #37 by ryang
Friday, December 05, 2014 @ 06:51:12 AM

Tried DTAHOEK360's method but was getting beat to death more than anything (obviously not doing it right), so instead, in the same police station in LSPD HQ I simply ran down the main corridor and took a right at the end and grabbed the pistol that is there; instant two stars. Then just ran outside where in the vast majority of cases there would be a police bike turn up pretty quickly. Just hopped on it and then get smacked off by the bike cop and busted (if no bike then a cop car would turn up). Really shit achievement, as others have noted...

Comment #38 by Deadsea 18
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 08:51:13 AM

Horrible achievement. I grinded it out early after the first mission. I looked for for a cop on a bike in Grove Street. I punched the cop off the bike then let him arrest me. I would run into the police station then punch a cop then beat him down and take his gun. Instant two stars. I would get on a police bike or get in a cop car after a cop pulled up outside and theniI'd let them take me in. After many times of this i would switch it up by going in the station, punching a cop, running into the big room, and face a cop letting him club me before knocking me down and arresting me. After it popped i loaded my save game file.

They should have made an achievement called "Throw your colors up" for spray painting your first gang tag. It would have...been worth 20 gs. This one was pointless

Comment #39 by Be5tInTheWorld
Tuesday, January 13, 2015 @ 07:31:23 AM

I was going to save this for the end of the game but I accidentally got arrested when I unlocked the last city. Lost all my weapons but I decided just to do this anyways. Went inside the police station, beat up some cops, ran back out, got into a car, and waited for them to arrest me. Repeat this 49 more times. Save every 10 to 15 times, though. This took be about an hour. Also, combine this with the Public Enemy #1 achievement while you are at it. Simply go toward the end of the police station, near the cells, and just farm the cops that come to you. Shoot them and less than five minutes later you will have six stars. Then run out and get busted. Lol. Shitty achievement, though.

Comment #40 by Maddog7SIX
Sunday, October 04, 2015 @ 07:24:15 PM

im completed this game and got arrested once!

Comment #41 by Jack Famine
Sunday, October 18, 2015 @ 04:15:50 PM

Hardest achievement in the game. Even when I only have one star in wanted-level, the cops prefer to beat me to death rather than bust me... :(

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Rockstar North
Rockstar Games


US October 26, 2014

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