What is graffiti?
Graffiti is the words, colors, and shapes drawn or scratched on buildings, overpasses, train cars, desks, and other surfaces. It's done without permission and it's against the law. The FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program considers graffiti vandalism.
The term graffiti comes from the Greek word graphein, which means, "to write." Graffiti today ranges from simple, one-color monikers (like a nickname), called "tags", repeated on many surfaces to complex compositions of several colors.
What is Scratch & Acid Etching?
More expensive and harder to combat, vandels and gang members have turned to writing their names and codes into glass. Vandels utilize diamond tiped drill bits, swimming pool acid, steel wool, rocks and just about anything with an edge to scribe their names in to store front windows. On average spray paint graffiti damages $80-$300 worth of damage per incident. Glass etching typically can cause $400-$25,000 in a single occurance. Because of the amount of damage that can be done in a small amount of time with little to no evidence left over.