You Are the First Line of Defense.

The battle against copper theft just got a new weapon: Proof Positive® cables from Southwire. Now, recyclers can instantly identify stolen utility wire and verify ownership in seconds.

Offering recognizable (candy-striped) and traceable (encoded) conductors for utility applications, Proof Positive® Copper and Proof Positive® Copper-Clad Steel make it easy for scale operators to identify and take action.


  • One outer strand and the center strand are tin-coated to help quickly distinguish it from other scrap copper
  • Center strand is laser-etched with serial numbers and license codes at 1-foot intervals


  • Recyclers and law enforcement can enter the codes online to verify rightful ownership in seconds and take action
  • The database is accessible 24/7 – all you need is the serial number and license code from the center strand to access the data
  • Refer to Resources at right so your team is educated

Southwire works with ISRI and cable recyclers nationwide to spread the word about Proof Positive® Cable, but we need your help. Share this site with your utilities, law enforcement, and task force colleagues. Subscribe to ISRI’s alert network to quickly be alerted on reported thefts in your area.

We must work together to put an end to copper theft.

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