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The top 10 places where you could be attacked by pirates

Business Insider Logo By (Rebecca Harrington) of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 11: 3. Singapore Strait: 60 acts of piracy

While piracy may seem contained inside the plots of popular movies, the crime still happens with surprising frequency across the globe today.

Piracy cost the world over $1 billion in 2015, according to the latest State of Maritime Piracy report. Just last year, thousands of people were attacked, and hundreds of them were held hostage — many for a hefty ransom.

To help the US Navy, shipping companies, and law enforcement agencies keep their vessels safe around the globe, international mapping company ESRI built a technology called ArcGIS that can predict pirate attacks.

ESRI put together the top 10 places boats might be attacked by pirates, based on data from July 2015 to July 2016. Here they are:

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