The overnight period before new leases start and old leases end, biannually forces many Madison area students to sleep in cars and leave their belongings outside, which increases the risk for theft.
Madison police warned area students that if your things aren't locked up and you aren't watching them, they may not be there when you get back.
"The bulky stuff is the problem, all the couches and everything else that are left out," said Lt. Dave McCaw. "So, in the past, people have been naive enough to go out and get something to eat for a couple of hours, come back, and find out that their stuff is gone."
As for renting, the Tenant Resource Center has some great brochures that quickly sum up rental rights and responsibilities, useful for tenants in a rush and overwhelmed with moving.