said by whizkid3:up here in hydro quebec territory there are a lot of basement panels (similar to alkizmos one) that have the meter installed between the switch and fuses, and in the last 2 years hydro has been sealing the main switch side just for that reason. said by fifty nine:
NYC is pretty backwards then! Even out here in the the "vast wilderness of hillbillies and retired hippies" our meters are read remotely and they have realtime stats for energy usage once per hour.
You probably missed the point about theft of service. Unfortunately, with the way the system was wired, starting a hundred years ago or so; most houses and buildings have the ability for someone to connect wiring ahead of the meter. My assumption is, that Con Ed is verifying that this is not the case via visual inspection each time they do a meter reading.