@ Dustcap: Call me a cynic (realist), but I suspect the real reason there is that they don't want to "offend" staff who "borrow" (accidentally, of course) the gear.

@ John: Sorry to be "old fashioned", but "hitting them in the pocket" (equipment account holders) tends to sharpen folk up a bit (and I write from experience on that one).

If you don't inspect ... don't expect.