ACA Assumes Management of National Council to Prevent Delinquency

Washington, D.C., Feb. 8, 2013 — The American Coatings Association (ACA) has assumed the management responsibilities of the National Council to Prevent Delinquency (NCPD). NCPD is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization battling the spread of graffiti vandalism, and misguided state and local governmental activities aimed at restricting the sale of legitimate spray paint products.

The council works diligently with state and local communities to develop comprehensive anti-graffiti programs that do not infringe on the retail shelf space for spray paint. NCPD was created in 1994 after the city of Chicago banned retail sales of spray paint. Since its inception, the council had been managed by Bob Hills of Hills Communications Inc., who passed way in December 2012. A fierce friend of the aerosol paint industry, Hills helmed the council with great success, thwarting multiple proposed bans or lock-up ordinances for spray paint.

“Bob’s sharp wit and professionalism will be greatly missed, but we are fortunate that he developed a comprehensive model for working with communities to address graffiti vandalism,” said NCPD Acting Executive Director Heidi McAuliffe. “In spite of all evidence to the contrary, many city governments still act in the belief that they can control the supply of products used by graffiti vandals. Cities and municipalities continue to seek relative low-cost supply-side controls to graffiti vandalism such as lock-up and customer registration. We are looking forward to working with policymakers on real, constructive solutions to curb graffiti vandalism in our neighborhoods and communities.”

NCPD has been successful in combatting bans or restrictive lock-up ordinances for spray paint across the United States. Since the council began operations in 1994, 18 large U.S. cities have rejected lock-up ordinances in favor of NCPD’s Responsible Retailing program, including San Diego, Calif.; Detroit, Mich.; Baltimore, Md.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Oakland, Calif. As an alternative, NCPD has successfully promoted Responsible Retailing, a combination of in-store activities designed to reduce shoplifting of potential graffiti tools and to stop the illegal sale of spray paint, where such sale is prohibited to customers under the age of 18. It includes the education of store employees; the strategic placement of signs at display and check-out points; and the prudent display of spray paint.

More information about the National Council to Prevent Delinquency is available at

The American Coatings Association (ACA) is a voluntary, nonprofit trade association working to advance the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the professionals who work in it. The organization represents paint and coatings manufacturers, raw materials suppliers, distributors, and technical professionals. ACA serves as an advocate and ally for members on legislative, regulatory and judicial issues, and provides forums for the advancement and promotion of the industry through educational and professional development services.

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