No, this isn’t a panacea. Such information won’t stop all heinous crimes from occurring. Virginia Tech doesn’t have a horrible crime rate -- yet the worst mass murder in U.S. history took place on its lovely campus. If a crazed psycho wants to murder an innocent person, that crazed psycho may well succeed, no matter what precautions we take. Ours is a dangerous, unpredictable world.

But we need to use information to protect our loved ones whenever possible. Every parent with a college-bound student should take advantage of public information regarding the level and nature of crimes in the institutions to which we entrust our sons and daughters.

Jeanne Cleary did not die in vain. Her wonderful parents have given their time, talents, hearts, sorrow and resources to make college campuses safer for all of America’s children, and to help all parents make informed decisions. I urge you to share the Web site of Security on Campus with everyone you know. The service is free -- but it’s worth more than gold.

Rebecca Hagelin has championed the pro-family message in both Washington and around the nation for some twenty years. She is a vice president of The Heritage Foundation ( ) whose vision is to "Create an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish." Her weekly column, "Heart Beat," appears on and For more information on Home Invasion visit: .