Whether you were studying at the library until 3 a.m. or partying until the bars closed, chances are you had more than a few late nights in college and you’d have to get home. Perhaps your RA or friends gave you this piece of advice: Call a close friend on your way home and tell them your location. Talking on the phone will discourage attackers, and in case something bad does happen, somebody will know where you were and will be able to contact authorities. In fact, this is less-than-great advice. Talking on the phone may leave you distracted and even more susceptible to attacks. Instead of talking or texting when heading home late at night, be aware of your surroundings and keep your phone nearby, with authorities on speed dial.