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In December, when the federal government announced it was raising the terror-alert level to orange, jurisdictions around the country took elaborate steps to increase their security precautions. At the 3rd District police station, at 17th and V Streets NW, officers cited the alert as the reason for tightening access to the no-fee ATM housed inside. A handwritten sign on the door informed would-be patrons that the machine was closed; inside, officers restricted access by taking three chairs from a small table and placing them in a row that extended into the middle of the room, partially blocking the path to the machine. Last Friday, after the alert was lowered, the chairs were returned to their original spots. Inquiries to 3rd District officials about the restriction were referred to Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Margret Nedelkoff Kellems, who did not respond to phone messages. —Brian Montopoli