I have always been a fan of the burglary missions as they are good fun, although some people donít find them profitable enough.
It is true that you can go out and kill a few drug dealers and make more money. But where is the fun in that?
Anyway, I have decided to write this tutorial so everyone can get the maximum profits from their burglaries, and hopefully get more people using and appreciating this feature in the game.
If you find this guide helpful or have any further suggestions/tips please post and let everyone know.
Where to Start
Each city has one of the vans that you use for burglary missions. Below is a map showing where each van is located.
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Where to Hit
Although it seems like mansions (such as the ones in Vinewood) would be best to hit, the items are very spaced out so you lose a lot of time walking back and forth. On top of this only a few of the mansions are usually accessible, so you also waste a lot of time looking for another place to hit.
Middle class looking houses (such as the ones around the beach area in Los Santos) are probably the best to hit. These houses have a good number of items, do not take too long to walk around and since there is a greater concentration of houses, you spend less time looking for somewhere that is accessible.
Where to Finish
Each city has a lock-up where you must go to finish your mission. As with the vans, I have created a map to show where the lock-ups are.
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Whats The Point?
Other than obviously being a fun feature in the game and a decent way to make money, there is a big reward. If you steel $10,000 worth of items (this can be spread over a number of nights), you are rewarded with $3,000 and infinite sprint.
This is why it is good to do the burglary missions early in the game, as your stamina is low and you cant sprint very far.
Moving Around Faster
Travelling around in sneak mode is extremely slow, and is probably the main cause for burglary missions not being very profitable.
Lucky for us Rockstar overlooked a bug. If you simply crouch rather than sneak, your footsteps don't make any noise which allows you to move around considerably faster.
Although your foot steps do not make any noise, bumping into something or going through a door still does. So take care when navigating corridors with objects in them, and slow down when going through doors.
Get Out Faster
If sneaking around getting the items did not take up enough time, you also need to sneak out the door with the items. Wrong! Once you pick up an item go as fast as you can to the door, and as long as you are out before the cop counter reaches zero, you can enter the house again without trouble to get your next item.
Donít Worry About Noise
Before starting your mission, head over to ammunition and buy the silenced pistol (if you have played enough of the game to unlock it). Now when you enter the house you can head straight into the bedroom where the occupant is sleeping and take them our with a head shot.
You may have to leave the house after doing this, but simply re-enter and there will be no noise meter. Now you can go about you burglary as loudly as you like.
Be Ready To Go
Instead of heading over and getting your burglary van at 8pm when you can actually start the mission, go over early and take the van.
Now you can drive to a good destination and wait till the clock hits 8pm, after which you can start your mission with the maximum available time.
No Rush Back
Although there is a countdown till daylight, you donít actually have to be back at a lock-up by that time. Once the countdown ends you are given an extra five minutes to head back to a lock-up, so use all the time you can to fill your van.
Donít Be Picky
Unfortunately Rockstar did not spent much time on the details for the burglary missions, which effects the realism but helps maximize your profits as all items are worth the same.
So donít be picky and just look for big TV's, grab everything you can.
Burgle The Same Houses
If profit is your main goal, then Rockstar have left in another bug you can exploit.
Have a look for two accessible houses beside each other, park your van in the middle and you can hit each house multiple times.
Once you hit one house do the next one and then come back to the first, and you will find all its items will have reappeared.
One place that is good for this is the apartmentís just round from the low rider mod garage in Los Santos.
I would like to thank the following people for the following reasons;
BlackStar- for reminding me you can burgle the same house multiple times.
-beeblebrox- for pointing out the infinite sprint reward.
Mxyzptlk for pointing out you do not need to get $10,000 in only one night for the rewards.
Xcommunicated for unlocking this topic so I could update it.
Edited by OzzySM12, 13 June 2012 - 12:26 AM.