Recently it seems like I've been having to buy small equipment (rakes, shovels, etc.) a lot more frequently than before. I'm not worried that anyone's stealing them necessarily. I know my guys pretty well and most of them have no need for these things anyway. I think they're being left on properties, etc. Anyway, I wanted to come up with a good way to keep track of these things and then hold the crew leaders accountable when something comes up missing. So I am just looking for suggestions as to how to do that. Here's what I've come up with so far. Tell me what you think or give me suggestions of what you [larger companies] do to keep track. * We thought of painting part of the handles of each piece of equipment a certain color for each crew. Then we would do inventory periodically and if a crew was missing something the crew leader would have to come up with a good explanation or pay us back. Of course, as tools broke I'd let them off the hook as long as they brought me the broken piece. I want to be fair.