You would find it more cost effective to tag and label only select assets that are considered important. Generally, all assets that need tracking of some sort – whether for general upkeep, tracking, or for any other reason – should be tagged. Assets that are most likely to get lost, stolen or damaged should be tagged for security measures and more importantly, as a proof of ownership.
WHAT ASSETS SHOULD I NOT LABEL? There are various reasons why you should not label items, you must consider the following:
Warranty Consideration. You can void warranty on some equipment once they are marked or tampered with.
Loss of Value. Placing an asset tag on an antique or valuable item should be done carefully or not at all.
Existing Asset Number. Most companies/ manufacturer rely upon a car's VIN. Adding your own company’s asset tag may create confusion.
You do not need to add asset label or tag on consumable items. Asset labeling is generally recommended on furniture, electronic equipments, computers, cell phones, machinery and other "real" assets.