Con Edison is cracking down on copper thieves and are using brand new technology to do it.
The company has begun spraying its copper wires with anti-theft paint that leaves a unique identifier that's only visible under UV lights.
Con Ed says it will work with the police to track and identify the copper at metal and scrapyards.
"What we're looking to do is identify our copper so that it makes it a prosecutable case if somebody's caught with the copper, in their vehicle or any other sort of circumstance, including a scrapyard," said Con Ed Corporate Security Area Manager Artie Claudio.
Last year, Con Ed reported 155 thefts of copper cable from manholes, trucks and other company facilities.
"They'll find innovative ways to open a manhole cover, you know with pieces of wood, they'll chuck wood under it, they'll slide it over a little. They will go into our manholes with no knowledge of what's down in the manhole," said Con Edison Corporate Security Investigator James Russo.
Con Ed says copper thefts cost the utility thousands of dollars and could lead to outages.
To report an incident of stolen copper, call the anonymous tip line at 1-800-752-6633.