Bicycle Identification and Police
If your bicycle is stolen then report the theft to the local police. They will want to know details such as brand, model, frame serial number, colour, accessories, component particulars etc. Record these now and keep them in a safe place at home. This information will help the police identify your bike if it should be recovered, as is often the case with stolen bikes. The Victorian Bicycle Patrol Group is at Melbourne University during the year to provide bicycle engraving, and info on locks etc, and where to lock up your bicicyle A good photograph is also an idea.
Most home contents insurance policies cover bicycles at home, but not elsewhere. There are some insurance companies which offer bicycle insurance, though usually it is fairly expensive, while other companies will offer an extended policy. As the policies differ between companies, it is best that you read the fine print and have your bike recorded on your policy. Insurance is payable yearly. A good lock will last forever.